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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) - A man and woman will serve time in federal prison after a racially motivated arson attempt on a black family's home in Independence.
The Independence Examiner reports that a federal judge on Thursday sentenced 34-year-old Victoria A. Cheek-Herrera to more than six years in prison. And 25-year-old old Logan J. Smith was sentenced to more than five years in prison for violating the family's civil rights in June 2008.
During their plea hearing in August, Smith and Cheek-Herrera admitted discussing their desire to set fire to the couple's home. They also drew a swastika and wrote "White Power" on the driveway, and threw a Molotov cocktail at the couple's home, causing minor damage. No one was injured.
Another business is closing up shop in the St. Louis Area. KSDK-TV reports that the Coca-Cola production facility in Maryland Heights will close permanently March 28th.
Maryland Heights Mayor Mike Moeller tells the station the closure will affect about 100 employees. Most of them are production workers and maintenance mechanics.
Moeller says Coke is indicating the displaced workers will be offered jobs at other facilities, training for new positions, or a severance package.
Doctors are still trying to determine what caused three young children to become sick inside their Hazelwood home.
Authorities say the children's babysitter called 9-1-1 Thursday afternoon when she had trouble waking the children, ages two, three and four. Firefighters pulled the children from the home on Tamma Lane and rushed them to DePaul Hospital.
Just what made them sick is still a mystery. Firefighters checked the home for carbon monoxide leaks, but found none. Initial toxicology tests also gave no clues.
The children were later airlifted to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital for more extensive testing. Hazelwood police say they're being told the children are expected to recover.