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October 1, 2018

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSOURI-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST

The Latest: Feinstein responds to Hawley investigation call

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley is calling for an investigation of how Democrats handled allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Hawley on Monday called for a special counsel to investigate Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and others over the handling of Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Ford initially made her claims in a confidential letter to Feinstein. But the letter was leaked after Kavanaugh’s initial confirmation hearing and Ford then told her explosive story to The Washington Post.

A statement provided by Feinstein’s office says she’s made it clear that neither she nor her staff leaked the letter and says comments about investigating the leak are an attempt to distract from the allegations against Kavanaugh.

MISSOURI-RAPE KITS

Missouri AG reports 5,424 untested rape kits in the state

(Information from: Columbia Missourian, http://www.columbiamissourian.com)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri attorney general’s office says an 11-month audit determined that at least 5,424 rape kits remain untested across the state, but a new federal grant might help reduce the backlog.

Attorney General Josh Hawley’s office said in a news release Monday that 372 of Missouri’s law enforcement agencies voluntarily responded to the audit. The Columbia Missourian reports the office also received information from 87 health care providers and five crime labs.

Hawley said his office has received a $2.8 million Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant will help fund testing of the kits, and efforts to standardize the collection and testing procedures. One condition of the grant is that Hawley’s office must make more efforts to inventory untested kits.

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MISSOURI-SEX OFFENDERS

Whereabouts of 100s of Missouri sex offenders unknown

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A state audit has found that police across Missouri don’t know the whereabouts of nearly 1,300 registered sex offenders, including hundreds who fall into the most dangerous category.

Missouri state Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat, released the audit in St. Louis on Monday.

Missouri law requires convicted sex offenders to register their name, address and other information with county law enforcement where they live, most often the sheriff’s department. The Missouri State Highway Patrol then maintains a publicly available database. Offenders must keep their information up-to-date and notify police when they move.

The audit says 1,259 sex offenders are unaccounted for — about 8 percent of the nearly 16,000 registered sex offenders in Missouri — and blames inadequate enforcement of the registration requirement at the local level.

PROSECUTOR-INTIMIDATION ALLEGATIONS

US Supreme Court won’t hear complaint against Zahnd

(Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com)

PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will not review a reprimand the Missouri Supreme Court issued against Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd.

Missouri’s high court reprimanded Zahnd in May for publicly naming some residents of a northwest Missouri town who defended a convicted child sex offender. The U.S Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider the issue.

The case began in October 2015 when Zahnd issued a news release naming residents of Dearborn who wrote letters supporting Darren Paden while Paden was awaiting sentencing for sexually abusing a young girl.

The Kansas City Star reports the Missouri Press Association and the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys supported Zahnd’s request. They argued that the case raised issues of whether an elected prosecutor can tell the truth in a news release about public information once a case is over.

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GIRL SCOUT CAMP SALES

Group tries to save Joplin Girl Scouts camp from closure

(Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com)

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A local group is trying to save a Girl Scouts camp near Joplin following the recent announcement that the property will be closed and sold.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Friends of Camp Mintahama has submitted a proposal to contract with Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland to take over management of the property.

Friends of Camp Mintahama Chair Lisa Nelson expects to receive a response from the Girl Scouts board soon. She says the next closest Girl Scout camp if Mintahama is sold would be Finbrooke Camp near Rogersville.

Nelson says there’s been a consolidation of camp properties over the past decade.

The GSMH council also announced plans to sell the Cherokee Ridge camp in Wayne County and the Sacajawea Program Center in Pettis County. The properties will be closed Dec. 16.

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VOTER ID-MISSOURI

Judge raises concern about Missouri voter photo ID law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge hearing a challenge to a Missouri voter photo identification law is raising concerns about a sworn statement that people can sign to vote if they don’t have photo IDs.

Judge Richard Callahan questioned attorneys Monday during closing arguments in a lawsuit seeking to strike down the 2016 law.

Callahan said he would likely issue a ruling next week and noted he has authority to uphold the bulk of the law while rejecting parts of it.

The Missouri law allows people lacking government-issued photo IDs to cast regular ballots if they sign sworn statements saying they don’t have a photo ID, understand they can get one for free from the state and acknowledging that a photo ID is required to vote.

Callahan said the sworn statement appears inaccurate.

POLICE PURSUIT-CRASH

3 injured in St. Louis-area police pursuit crash

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three people are injured after a car crashed into two other vehicles during a police pursuit that began in St. Louis County and ended in the city.

None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening following the accident that happened around 10 a.m. Monday. The injured included the suspect and two adults who were in cars struck by the suspect’s vehicle.

The suspect was arrested. His name was not released.

St. Ann police say officer sought to pull over a suspect they believed to be armed and dangerous. The suspect fled into St. Louis, where his car ran a red light and struck a sedan before hitting a convertible.

The suspect’s car flipped over the convertible. Two children in the convertible were not injured.

MISSOURI KILLINGS

3 found fatally shot in front of Kansas City area home

(Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com)

RAYTOWN, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of three men outside a Kansas City-area home.

The Kansas City Star reports that officers responded Sunday night to a Raytown home after receiving a 911 call. The caller reported hearing gunfire and seeing bodies lying in front of the home.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said investigators were at the scene as of midnight, and that they were waiting for search warrants to search the house and vehicles. Investigators are trying to determine if the shooter was among the dead.

No other details have been released, including the names of those killed.

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