Missouri continues to prepare for its third execution of the year.
Jeffrey Ferguson is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for the 1989 death of a 17-year-old St. Charles County girl. His attorneys have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a stay.
Missouri executed Herbert Smulls in January and Michael Taylor in February. The state has also set an April 23 execution date for William Rousan, convicted of killing an elderly St. Francois County couple in 1993.
Missouri Lottery officials say one Powerball ticket sold in Missouri matched all six numbers to win the $96.5 million jackpot.
The lottery said in a release Sunday that another ticket also matched five white-ball numbers to win $1 million in Saturday's drawing. The winning numbers were: 13, 28, 31, 55, 58, and the Powerball number was 15.
The Lottery says the Missouri winners have 180 days to claim their prizes.
An associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Law is involved in a case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court this week.
Josh Hawley is on a team of about 15 lawyers working on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Inc. The case addresses whether businesses can use religious objections to avoid a requirement to provide insurance coverage for birth control for employees.
State conservation officials suspect arson in about 20 wildfires near the Truman Reservoir in west-central Missouri in the past week.
The Department of Conservation says the fires burned more than 1,000 acres of public and private land. No injuries or structural losses have been reported, but officials say wildfires can cause significant harm and that fighting them costs money and puts people at risk.
The conservation agency says crews have fought about 50 fires this year in Henry and St. Clair counties that have burned about 3,000 acres.
As Missouri prepares for its fifth execution in five months, the Missouri Supreme Court on Friday set the date for another, continuing what could be a record year.
Jeffrey Ferguson is scheduled to die Wednesday for abducting and killing a teenager in St. Charles County in 1989. His attorneys on Thursday filed appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking that the execution be delayed until lower courts can decide if a stay should be granted. Ferguson's attorneys also claim that his conviction was based, in part, on false testimony from an FBI agent.
Sen. Claire McCaskill says her staff is surveying college campuses to see what protections against sexual attacks are in place and how the institutions support assault victims.
McCaskill, a Democrat, told The Kansas City Star Thursday that she's determined to make college campuses safer for women. She says that could entail tying federal funding for colleges and universities to how well those institutions report rapes and deliver certain services to female students.
A Franklin County zoning panel has approved plans to build a concrete plant near the Shaw Nature Reserve.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that county zoning commissioners on Tuesday voted 6-4 in favor of the Landvatter Ready Mix concrete company's expansion plans.
Some residents and nature preserve leaders worry the plant's noise and truck traffic will harm the area's tranquility. But commissioners cited the promised creation of 25 full-time jobs in an area already packed with other commercial and industrial sites.
A state funding shortfall is hitting some Missouri school districts harder than others.
A report released Wednesday by the Missouri Budget Project says the state is underfunding public school districts by $656 million this year. That's based on the amount called for under a 2005 law that re-wrote Missouri's school funding formula.
The report says the shortfall amounts to about $700 per student on a statewide basis. But those figures vary widely by district.