ST. LOUIS (AP) - An eastern Missouri woman faces sentencing Nov. 4 after pleading guilty to federal charges for collecting $138,000 in veteran's benefits in the name of her deceased mother. The woman, 69-year-old Victoria Jean Briley of Wentzville, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in St. Louis to one count of theft of government funds. Briley's mother died in 2006, but Briley had control over a bank account in her mother's name. Monthly payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs went into that account through May.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon is urging Missouri school administrators to lobby legislators to uphold his vetoes of various tax breaks. Nixon called the 2014 legislative session "the worst six months for public education in recent memory." The Democratic governor vetoed the bills in June. The Republican-led Legislature is to meet Sept. 10 to consider overriding those vetoes.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A man fishing in a small subdivision pond in suburban St. Louis might have expected to catch bass or crappie, but certainly not an alligator. Conservation officials say Walter Bushmann was fishing Monday in a pond in the Summit subdivision of St. Charles when he caught an alligator estimated to be 2 to 4 years old. The Missouri Department of Conservation says it was a pet that had been released, since alligators can't survive in the wild as far north as Missouri.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - One of two Saudi Arabian men accused of kidnapping a woman from a Springfield bar and sexually assaulting her has been found not guilty. The woman had claimed 27-year-old Ahmed Alanazi and 22-year-old Rayan Alqabbaa took her from a club on June 1, 2013, went to an apartment and sexually assaulted her. The woman admitted in court that she drank against her doctor's orders and took the painkiller Percocet on the night of the alleged attack.
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