(AP) - Democrat Claire McCaskill has stern words for her soon-to-be former colleagues in the Senate, saying that polarization and fear of political consequences have rendered the body ineffective and unwilling to take on difficult issues. McCaskill lost to Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley in her re-election bid in November. In an emotional farewell speech from the Senate floor on Thursday, she expressed concern about what the Senate has become.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - A man who stabbed a bartender to death at a St. Joseph bar has been sentenced to life in prison. The St. Joseph News-Press reports Eliseo Hernandez-Sebastian was sentenced Thursday for first-degree murder of Terra Welch-Reents, who was stabbed in February after telling Hernandez-Sebastian to leave the bar. Hernandez-Sebastian also stabbed James Cleveland, another employee of the Legend's Sports Bar and Grill. He survived serious injuries.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Columbia man was sentenced to 15 years without parole for his role in a prostitution ring. Federal prosecutors say 26-year-old Kenneth Jones was sentenced Thursday for sex trafficking of a minor and two counts of transportation for illegal sexual activity. When he pleaded guilty in August, Jones admitted he induced three victims to travel across state lines to engage in prostitution. One of the victims was a 17-year-old girl from Wisconsin.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 36-year-old man charged with collecting child pornography was arrested after a standoff in a storage container across the street from a Kansas City police station. Federal prosecutors say Eric Hacker was indicted Tuesday on 10 counts of possessing, receiving and attempting to distribute child pornography between March and June 2017. When officers went to arrest him on Wednesday, he ran into a storage container in eastern Kansas City. He surrendered about seven hours later.
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