Edited 9:45 p.m. Sunday to correct spelling of mother's name in second paragraph
After 15 years, the murder of Norma Helmig is again an open case.
Osage Co. prosecutor Amanda Grellner released a statement over the weekend saying that she was dropping murder charges against Norma's son Dale, who was convicted of her death in 1996 and sentenced to life in prison without parole. The paperwork will be filed Monday.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is filing suit over two alleged fundraising scams involving the Joplin tornado.
Koster said Thursday that his lawsuits will target a Puerto Rico-based group called the Alivio Foundation and Georgia resident Steve Blood, who runs an Internet radio business.
The attorney general says Alivio Foundation solicited donations for Joplin tornado victims by claiming the money would go to a Catholic church and charity. But he says the Catholic entities have never heard of the foundation nor received any money.
Seventy-three dogs rescued from a breeder in southwest Missouri today are now in the care of the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis. The dogs are the first seized under Missouri's new Canine Cruelty Prevention Act.
Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit against the kennel, owned by Linda Brisco, in June. He calls it a good first step toward changing Missouri's reputation as the "puppy mill capital" of the country.
Koster says the new law, a compromise on the voter initiative known as Proposition B, gives his office more tools to help the dogs.