A 33-year-old Sedalia man charged with killing a fellow VA hospital patient in Columbia now faces Pettis County assault charges.
The Columbia Missourian reports that Rudy Perez Jr. is charged with five misdemeanor assaults as well as resisting arrest in connection with several Sedalia incidents in the days before the Feb. 1 beating death of 78-year-old Robert Hill of Warsaw at Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital.
Perez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. His lawyer says Perez is mentally ill.
Missouri mental health officials are hoping a possible state bonding package could permit construction of a new facility at the Fulton State Hospital.
The hospital is Missouri's only maximum- and intermediate-security psychiatric hospital and is the oldest public mental health facility west of the Mississippi River. The Department of Mental Health is proposing a new 300-bed, high-security facility that would cost about $211 million.
Missouri conservation officials are urging people to be cautious around skunks that soon will be emerging from winter shelters.
Skunks are one of the two primary carriers of the rabies virus in Missouri. Encounters increase during skunks' mating season, which starts in late February and continues through March. Males can travel five miles in one night.
University of Central Missouri President Chuck Ambrose wants to hear from his students on Twitter.
Ambrose is hosting a two-hour "Tweet Chat" with students at the Warrensburg school starting at noon Tuesday.
The school says anyone interested in the university is also welcome to participate. More than 1,600 people follow Ambrose on Twitter, where he is known as @UCMAmbrose. Tuesday's event will be his first live chat using the format.
Legislation requiring voters to show photo ID at polling places is scheduled for debate in the Missouri House. House Majority Leader John Diehl said he expects a proposed constitutional amendment mandating photo ID and a bill implementing the rule to be taken up on the House floor this week.
Republicans argue the measure is needed to cut down on voter fraud. Democrats contend the photo ID requirement is aimed at disenfranchising voters.