SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A judge has ordered the state Department of Natural Resources to hold off on issuing a wastewater permit for a horse slaughter facility planned for northwest Missouri.
The Springfield News-Leader reports Rains Natural Meats wants to operate the facility near Gallatin, but Cole County Judge Daniel Green wants to hear a lawsuit filed against DNR before allowing the critical permit.
Three horse slaughter opponents have sued the DNR to block the permit, which would let the facility land-apply the wastewater from the proposed plant.
Their lawsuit argues that horses treated with a gamut of drugs that could be dangerous to human health would be slaughtered at the facility.
Rains Natural Meats vice president David Rains called the judge's order illegal and said he was fighting to have it overturned.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The elevator where a St. Louis musician fell to his death was registered with the state of Missouri but an operating certificate had not been issued.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reviewed the Missouri Department of Public Safety database following the death of Bob Reuter. Reuter, a musician and radio show host, died Saturday afternoon after falling down an elevator shaft while moving into a downtown loft.
Police say Reuter opened the door to the nearly 100-year-old elevator and stepped into the shaft, falling about 18 feet.
State regulations require each elevator to be registered with the Division of Fire Safety and to be inspected annually. The newspaper says the elevator was registered in February, but a state elevator registry shows no record of inspection or operating certificate.
Three people are hurt after a triple shooting overnight in north St. Louis. It happened just before 2:00am Tuesday in the 5400 of Genevieve Avenue. Police say a woman in her 30's was shot in the leg.
A man, also in his 30's, was shot in the hip, and a man in his late teens was shot in the leg. Police say the two men and the woman are in stable condition. No suspects are in custody.