SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A federal report says a helicopter hit a power line before crashing in a densely wooded area in southwest Missouri, killing the pilot and a 21-year-old student. The report by the National Transportation and Safety Board says the main rotor blade of a helicopter hit a power line near Lucas Oil Speedway before the crash in Hickory County May 24. The crash killed the 32-year-old pilot, William Higginbothan, of Arizona, and Missouri State University political science senior Catalina Richard, of Bolivar.
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) - The milestones keep piling up for rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry, including one next month at one of his most popular haunts. On Jan. 15, the 87-year-old singer will mark his 200th performance at the Duck Room at the Blueberry Hill venue on the University City Loop. Tickets for the 9 p.m. show are $35 and go on sale Friday morning at Ticketmaster outlets and on ticketmaster.com. Berry is a St. Louis native considered one of rock's pioneers.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The inaugural inductees of Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame will feature a former president, senator and journalist. Missouri State University says an induction ceremony will occur April 11 for former President Harry Truman, former U.S. Sen. John Danforth and Donald Suggs, the publisher and executive editor of the St. Louis American newspaper.
MINERAL POINT, Mo. (AP) - State officials say a man who had been on death row since 1982 has died in prison. The Missouri Department of Corrections says 59-year-old Elroy Preston was found dead Friday at Potosi Correctional Center in Mineral Point. Preston was convicted of killing two people in St. Louis in September 1980.
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