Missouri News Headlines Monday November 8, 2021 | Regional



(Washington, DC) – Only one member of the Missouri delegation supported the passage by the US House of the bipartisan infrastructure package. The Six Republicans and Democratic Congresswoman Cori Bush voted “no” to the point two trillion dollar plan. Bush said a vote in favor would have “jeopardized our influence to improve the livelihoods of healthcare workers, children, caregivers, the elderly and the environment.” Congressman Emanuel Cleaver said the legislation will bring Missouri $ 9 billion to modernize roads, bridges, public transit, airports and broadband access. GOP Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer called it the Democrats’ “two-point green New Deal and a path to their huge socialist spending bill.” Republican Senator Roy Blunt voted “yes” when he passed his chamber.

(Kansas City, MO) – Two women are charged with homicide after a man’s body is found in Kansas City. Authorities said a city worker was investigating illegal landfills when he found Malvin Wallace, 56, dead in a wooded area. Wallace’s body was found in a plastic container that had been wrapped in black duct tape. Michele Props of Gardner, Kansas was charged with abandoning a corpse and tampering with physical evidence last month. Two days later, the same charges were filed against Kaitlyn Andes of Kansas City. Authorities have not said how or why Wallace was killed.

(Iowa City, IA) – An Iowa man who attempted to shoot a squirrel in his yard with an air rifle and hit a man in a car is now facing charges. Gabriel Heefner, 20, from Missouri, drove by in his car. Iowa City police found him on October 17 at the site of an accident and he had been shot. Philip Olson, 69, heard of the crash and surrendered telling police he was trying to shoot a squirrel with a .22 caliber air rifle. City code prohibits firing an air rifle, toy pistol, toy pistol or slingshot within city limits – and Olson faces a code violation. He also faces charges from the MNR for hunting without a permit or habitat fee, an illegal attempt to take a squirrel, and rifle shooting over a highway. The man who was shot is still in the hospital.

(Wentzville, MO) – An 11-year-old Missouri girl was hospitalized after being exposed to liquid elemental mercury. Three homes were evacuated. A mother from Wentzville, Jen Niswonger, took her four children to see a doctor last summer when they all had rashes. The girl’s condition did not improve, but it was not until October 29 that medical tests revealed that she was suffering from mercury poisoning. The Federal Environmental Protection Agency found high levels of mercury in three homes. Investigators say the poisoning occurred when children played with a vial of mercury and it spilled.

(Jefferson City, MO) – Emergency responders are meeting this morning to sign the Missouri Open Roads Agreement. It’s called a “first of its kind” agreement that provides guidance to emergency responders when they clear up crashes on state highways. The Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri State Highway Patrol have already signed the agreement. It establishes an objective of eliminating traffic incidents on the roadway no later than 90 minutes after the arrival of the first responder. Agencies and other emergency responders are calling on drivers to do their part by staying alert, slowing down and, if possible, moving to allow officials to work.

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