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     Missouri S&T has announced that Shaun Meinecke, an assistant coach at the University of Wyoming for the past five years, has accepted the head coaching position for S&T's men's and women's cross country and track & field programs. Meinecke will begin his duties at Missouri S&T following the conclusion of the current outdoor track & field season at Wyoming.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - The newest addition to the St. Louis Zoo is a critically endangered black rhino.

   The boy calf named Moyo was born Wednesday. The zoo announced the birth Monday and says he is nursing well and bonding with his mother.

   It's just the second black rhino born at the zoo in the past 26 years. Zookeepers aren't yet saying when he'll make his public debut.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Records show that the stepmother of a Kansas boy whose father killed him and fed his remains to the family's pigs talked on a private Facebook group about restraining the child with handcuffs, ace bandages and splints.

   A search warrant released Monday shows that 31-year-old Heather Jones also made a reference to having "no problems" with having the boy, Adrian Jones, "look at flowers." The quote was a reference to the TV show "The Walking Dead" in which a woman fatally shoots a child after telling her to "look at the flowers."

   VELDA CITY, Mo. (AP) - St. Louis County police say a teenager who wounded an officer killed himself after police found him hiding in a trash bin.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a Velda City officer responded to a domestic disturbance around 11 a.m. Monday and became involved in a scuffle with the 18-year-old suspect. A shot grazed the officer's right thigh, and the officer returned fire. It wasn't clear if the suspect was struck and he ran away.

   ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - The trial has begun for a Missouri man accused in a crash that killed a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper.

   KRCG-TV  reports that opening statements were made Monday in the trial of Serghei Comerzan, of Mexico, Missouri. He faces charges of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and resisting arrest in the August 2015 chase that resulted in the death of trooper James Bava.

   Central Communications received a 911 call at approximately 3:24 a.m. Sunday Morning to report a structure fire on East 2nd Street in Newburg.  The structure was engulfed in flames when local fire crews arrived.  

   Three juveniles were transported to PCRMC for smoke inhalation and burns.  An adult family member was treated at the scene but not transported. There was one fatality, a 12 year old boy. A Phelps County Deputy was also treated for smoke inhalation.

   The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

   The Missouri legislature’s special session is underway and is focused on reopening an aluminum plant in the Bootheel.

   The bill being considered would allow the state’s Public Service Commission to negotiate lower utility rates with Ameren for the smeltering plant as well as a proposed new steel plant next door. 

   Opponents argue that it could allow Ameren to raise utility rates for residential customers around the state. But Republican Representative Don Rone of Portageville says he’s made a few changes to his original bill to ensure that won’t happen:

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Lincoln University in Jefferson City plans to cut 48 jobs and reduce salaries as it tries to respond to a budget deficit.  

   The school, which is facing a $3.8 million deficit in its fiscal 2018 budget, announced Monday that 32.5 staff and 15.5 faculty positions will be cut. 

   KRCG reports a statement from the school said the jobs services it provides to students will continue knowing that the workforce is already stretched too thin. 

   SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Residents around Rogersville are being warned to keep their eyes out for a 20-foot Burmese python that's been missing since the weekend. 

   The brown and tan python, called SS Wraps, escaped from his cage near Rogersville. Its owner, Ben Trexel, says he last saw his pet on Thursday, when a branch fell through his roof, apparently allowing the snake to escape. 

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri state Sen. Rob Schaaf is calling on Gov. Eric Greitens to expand the scope of his special session.

   Schaaf on Monday introduced three bills including a prohibition on lobbyist gifts for lawmakers, limits on when certain public officials can become lobbyists after their terms, and a provision requiring politically active nonprofits to disclose major donors.

   Lawmakers are technically prohibited from voting on legislation outside the scope of the governor's proclamation for convening a special session.

   Two student-athletes from Missouri S&T and its softball program were honored as the Great Lakes Valley Conference announced its James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award winners and final team sportsmanship awards for the 2016-17 school year. Joe Bindner, a member of the Miners' cross country and track & field program and Anna Fink, a member of the women's soccer team, were Missouri S&T's individual recipients in the second year of the program in which each of the league's 16 institutions named a male and female student-athlete as its award winner.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former medical resident at St. Louis University Hospital will be sentenced in August for illegally obtaining painkillers.

   Kyle Betts pleaded guilty Friday to writing more than 70 fraudulent prescriptions for pain relief drugs such as Percocet and Norco.

   Prosecutors say Betts was a resident at St. Louis University Hospital from November 2014 to February 2016.

   Betts admitted in a plea agreement that he wrote prescriptions using the names of six people, including family members and former romantic partners.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Matt Carpenter homered and Adam Wainwright turned in his second successive strong outing to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the San Francisco Giants 8-3 on Sunday.

   Randal Grichuk drove in four runs for St. Louis, which snapped a four-game skid.

   San Francisco had won seven of eight.

   Wainwright (4-3) allowed one run and five hits over 6 1/3 innings. He also had an RBI double in the sixth.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City police say they are investigating whether four homicides along a popular hiking and biking trail are related.

   Police said Friday no evidence has linked the deaths of four white men along the Indian Creek Trail system since last August. The men were between the ages of 54 and 67. Three of them were walking their dogs on or near the trail.

   Spokeswoman Capt. Stacey Graves said in an email that detectives are aware of the similarities and are reviewing the possibility the cases are related.

   BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - The second mountain coaster in Branson is expected to open as early as this summer.

   Collin Wheeler, marketing coordinator for Tennessee-based FACE Amusement, tells the Springfield News-Leader  that the Branson Coaster doesn't have a specific opening date but it will be "sooner than August."

   Mountain coasters, or alpine coasters, are installed on steep hillsides so that gravity can give riders a thrill as they descend along an established track in carts. Branson's first mountain coaster, The Runaway, opened last August.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - An appeals court says a former federal inmate who got a $200,000 settlement over a prison injury won't get to keep much of it.

   The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a district judge's ruling that more than $145,000 of Kappelle Simpson-El's settlement go toward the $433,000 in restitution he's been ordered to pay his victims.

   Simpson-El was sentenced in 2009 to six years in prison for being a leader of ring that resold cars stolen from dealerships in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

   SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Springfield officials are planning a new approach to a large homeless camp that's been controversial for about 30 years.

   The Springfield News-Leader reports  the camp in a wooded area of north Springfield is the largest in the city.

   City officials and the Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness are considering taking services to the camp for a few days before the camp is cleared.

 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri school districts are looking forward to the possibility of more funding for early childhood education next year.

   Lawmakers this year, for the first time in recent memory, hit their self-imposed target for school funding at roughly $3.4 billion. That triggers a law that requires the state to spend more next year on pre-K education.

   It's a move that Republicans have lauded as a monumental step for education. But some educators and lawmakers question whether the state can afford it.

   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri plans to spend $550,000 this summer to repair its iconic columns on the Francis Quadrangle.

   The six columns, which were built on the Columbia campus in 1842, have been battered by weather and students over the years. 

   The Columbia Missourian reports the repair work will include smoothing and sealing cracks, attaching loose stones and sanding veins. Scaffolding went up last week and work is scheduled to start Monday. 

   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A draft budget for the University of Missouri next year includes eliminating 328 full-time positions - 147 that are currently vacant and 181 that are filled.

   A memo from Interim Chancellor Garnett Stokes released Friday says the draft budget calls for eliminating $40.6 million in recurring costs and $18.9 million in one-time costs.

   The Columbia Missourian reports  the filled positions that might be eliminated include 43 retirements, 38 people who won't have contracts renewed, 84 layoffs and 16 voluntary separations.

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