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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A judge says a northeast Missouri man accused of stabbing and dismembering an elderly neighbor is not competent to stand trial.

Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson says a judge found 49-year-old Paul R. Potter of Kirksville incompetent for trial after he underwent a psychiatric evaluation.

Potter faces first-degree murder and other charges in the January death of 74-year-old Willis Edward Meredith. Prosecutors say Potter stabbed Meredith, chopped up his body and started fires to try to conceal the crimes. He is also accused of throwing the victim's arms at witnesses before his arrest.

The Kirksville Daily Express reports that Potter's status will be reviewed in six months.

Online court records indicate Potter was evaluated at Fulton State Hospital. He pleaded not guilty in April.

 

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:28
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Missouri may have said no to Obamacare, but the state has said yes to jobs the healthcare initiative will bring to the region.  

Some 600 new positions will be filled by Serco Inc., a company that is designed to process applications submitted under the Affordable Care Act.  The Virginia based company will lease the US Fedelis building in Wentzville and will train employees during September and October.

They expect to begin operations on November 1.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:20
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If you notice a huge yellow creature floating around the skies of Alton, Illinois, do not be alarmed: That's the Despicablimp, here to promote the movie Despicable Me 2. That massive yellow creature in the sky is actually a one-eyed Minion, one of the stars of Despicable Me 2, which is now in theaters. The Despicablimp is 165-feet long, 55-feet-tall, and it's one of only 15 airships flying in the world today. Our flight this morning lasted about 30 minutes, flying 1000 feet above the city of Alton. After its stop in the St. Louis area, the Despicablimp next heads for Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia. 

 
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   Illinois remains the state with the fourth highest number of high school students participating in sports.  

   The latest figures compiled by the National Federation of State High School Associations show more than 7.7 million students nationally, and more than 330,000 in Illinois, participated in sports during the 2012-2013 school year. That's more than ever before.  

   Only Texas, California and New York ranked higher on the survey than the Land of Lincoln.

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