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News Minute: Here is the latest Missouri news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT

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MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man has been arrested on suspicion of driving drunk while dragging a horse behind his pickup truck in southern Missouri. KYTV reports that Sasha Martinez says the horse was trotting behind the truck Saturday when she saw it the first time outside her Wright County home. But when the truck returned about two hours later, her 12-year-old daughter screamed that the horse had dropped.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A jury has awarded a Columbia woman more than $2.75 million for injuries and losses she suffered during an arson fire at her home. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports when the lawsuit went to trial this month, Circuit Judge Robert Koffman had already determined that Mehrad Fotoohighiam, president of Electenergy Technologies, was responsible for the December 2014 fire that injured Marcia Green.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - State health officials say the first West Nile death in Missouri this year was in Jackson County, not St. Louis. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Wednesday it mistakenly reported last week that the first West Nile death his year was in the eastern area of the state. Director Randall Williams said miscommunication within the department's chain of command caused the error.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say an inmate has died in an apparent suicide at the jail in downtown Kansas City. The Kansas City Star reports that the Jackson County officials said in a statement that the inmate was found unresponsive before 4:30 a.m. Wednesday at the county's detention center and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to the jail in downtown Kansas City, assisted by the Department of Corrections.

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