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Posted on November 14, 2012 at 7:30 AM

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DROUGHT-RIVER SHIPPING

ST. LOUIS — The Army Corps of Engineers will proceed with plans to reduce the flow from an upper Missouri River reservoir despite concerns that it will worsen low-water problems on the Mississippi River, officials told The Associated Press Tuesday. The corps expects to cut the flow from the Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota to 12,000 cubic feet per second from 17,000 cubic feet per second starting around Nov. 23 as a drought-related conservation measure. By Jim Salter.

AP Photos RPJS101, RPJS102.

MURDER CONVICTION OVERTURNED

JEFFERSON CITY — Attorneys for a St. Louis man whose 1983 rape and murder convictions were recently thrown out by a Missouri judge say they expect his release from prison on Wednesday. George Allen Jr. was sentenced to 95 years behind bars in the 1982 death of 31-year-old Mary Bell. A Cole County judge overturned that conviction on Nov. 2 and ordered Allen's release. By Alan Scher Zagier.

LOCAL TAXES

JEFFERSON CITY — When a Missouri Supreme Court ruling invalidated some vehicle taxes in cities and counties, local government officials turned first to the Legislature in attempt to re-instate an important source of revenue. When that failed, some local officials put the issue on the ballot. But voters rejected the so-called use taxes in two-thirds of the Missouri cities and counties that placed them on the November ballot, according to figures supplied Tuesday by local government associations. The mixed results aren't likely to end the matter. More local governments are expected to refer local use tax proposals to their voters next spring. By David A. Lieb.

AIRLINE GUARANTEES

COLUMBIA — Central Missouri leaders thought a $3 million revenue guarantee to American Airlines would be their ticket to expanded service at a regional airport serving both the state capital and a flagship public university. Instead, the guarantee backfired when Delta Airlines said it was ending service at Columbia Regional Airport just months after adding flights to and from its Atlanta hub. The carrier said it could no longer operate in Columbia at a competitive disadvantage. By Alan Scher Zagier.

FATHER-INFANT DEATHS

KANSAS CITY — The Missouri Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Harrisonville man who fathered four children with his daughter in a relationship that began when she was 5 years old. The 51-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison in 2010 after being found guilty of second-degree murder, child endangerment, statutory rape, incest and abandoning a corpse. The man appealed the murder and child-endangerment charges, saying he didn't know that failing to provide medical care to his 3-month-old son who suffered from health problems would put the child's life in danger. By Bill Draper.

UNIVERSITY PRESS-PLEDGE

COLUMBIA — An anonymous donor will match contributions up to $10,000 this week to the resurrected University of Missouri Press, press officials said. The donation pledge is in honor of University Press Week, a national campaign hosted by the Association of American University Presses, said Jane Lago, a consulting director of the press.

ST LOUIS FIREFIGHTERS

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a state law designed to let veteran St. Louis fighters to live outside the city. By Chris Blank.

ALSO:

— TOWN-DEER — The St. Louis County community of Town and Country will hire a sharpshooting company to kill 125 deer.

— SUPERINTENDENT-SETTLEMENT — The departing superintendent for the De Soto School District will be paid about $208,000 as part of a settlement with the eastern Missouri district.

— COUPLE TIED UP — Police in the St. Louis County town of Chesterfield are investigating a home invasion in which a robber tied up a couple, then stole their sport utility vehicle.

— FATAL FIRE — A Kansas City man has died after a fire at his home in south Kansas City.

— SUPERSTORM-MISSOURI CHILD — A 4-year-old girl from Kansas City has been delivering toys to New York City children affected by Superstorm Sandy.

— ESCAPEE RECAPTURED — Authorities in Missouri say an escapee from the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester has been recaptured near Joplin.

— CHINA HUB-ST LOUIS — St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay plans to appeal to Missouri lawmakers in the upcoming session for the state's help in making the city a trade hub with China.

— NELSON-ATKINS-CHINA — Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has loaned several of its Chinese landscape paintings to China's Shanghai Museum for an exhibition that's been drawing huge crowds.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-ALCORN ST-MISSOURI

COLUMBIA — No. 14 Missouri, coming off an impressive second half in its opener against Southern Illinois Edwardsville, takes on Alcorn State in an early-season tuneup. Starts 7 p.m. CST. With hometown lead on losing team.

Also:

— BKW--T25-OKLAHOMA ST-MISSOURI ST. Starts 7:05 p.m. CST. Eds: APNewsNow only.

FBN--UNDISCIPLINED CHIEFS

KANSAS CITY — The Chiefs are lousy on defense and even worse on offense, and now they're undisciplined, too. A handful of egregious mistakes Monday night cost Kansas City an opportunity to net win No. 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. Developing from Romeo Crennel availability 5:30 p.m. CST.

FBN--TIE GAMES

When San Francisco and St. Louis ended their game on Sunday with the same score, the NFL had its first tie in four years. A couple of players expressed surprise they didn't keep playing. Many others were naturally disappointed by the lack of a winner. But they're so rare that another overtime rule change, to ensure one team is ahead when the game ends, by the league seems unlikely. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell.

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