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News Minute: Here is the latest Missouri news from The Associated Press

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OZARK, Mo. (AP) - A fire at a utility company's substation has left thousands of people without power in southwest Missouri. The Empire Electric substation in Christian County was destroyed by fire last night. That left 4,500 homes and businesses in the Ozark and Sparta area without power. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A man charged in the death of a St. Louis woman killed by a stray bullet has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Ronnie Mottley was sentenced after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Patrice Thimes. She died in 2011 when she was hit by a bullet fired in a gun battle between people on the street and a car that drove by.

OLD MONROE, Mo. (AP) - A volunteer firefighter from eastern Missouri has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting several fires last year. Police say Dustin Grigsby was sentenced for setting four fires in occupied buildings last year in Lincoln County. He admitted to setting several other fires. He was a volunteer with the Old Monroe Fire Protection District.

RAYTOWN, Mo. (AP) - Investigators in western Missouri are calling on scrap metal dealers hoping to find thieves who stole hundreds of bronze vases from a cemetery. The staff at Mount Olivet Cemetery says an initial count put the number of missing vases at 170. Workers have checked further in recent days and say the number could be as high as 300.

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