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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 25-year-old political consultant and former state legislative aide pleaded guilty to engaging in activities related to child pornography. In exchange for Carter Clinton Ballmann's plea on Thursday, a count of selling or buying children was dropped. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Ballman, of Jefferson City, was arrested April 17 at the Missouri State Capitol as part of a child predator sting.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 68-year-old Missouri woman has pleaded guilty to receiving disability payments intended for her mother, who died nearly 50 years ago. Federal prosecutors say Marsha Gail Coy, of St. Peters, received more than $230,000 in the scheme. She pleaded guilty Thursday to bank fraud. Coy must forfeit $231,148, which is the amount of disability benefits paid by PSRS after April 1, 1996.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Court records say a Kansas City man fatally shot a woman after she made a sarcastic remark about him and commented about how he didn't pay rent. Eighteen-year-old Marlon Davis was charged Thursday with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 22-year-old Lakeasha Taylor. No attorney is listed for him in online court records. Bond is set at $100,000 cash.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - An eastern Missouri man already facing state charges of animal abuse is now facing federal charges, too. A federal indictment announced Thursday charges Paul Garcia of Barnhart with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges Garcia already had a felony record when he possessed a weapon on Sept. 14. Garcia was charged this month after a Jefferson County deputy found a small dog in a ditch and wrapped in tape.

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