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News Minute: Here is the latest Missouri news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas city police say the death of a gay bar owner in a house explosion is being investigated as a homicide. The Kansas City Star reports the Jackson County Medical Examiner ruled the death of Melvin "Lee" Mecker a homicide on July 8. No suspects are in custody. Mecker died when his house exploded and burned down on April 10. Police have not said how Mecker was killed, or whether he died before or during the blaze.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri is getting an $81 million federal grant to help pay to replace a major bridge on Interstate 70 near Columbia. Missouri congressional Republicans announced the grant for the Rocheport Bridge. Gov. Mike Parson's office says the money will allow Missouri to build a new bridge just south of the current bridge. The current bridge will continue to be used during construction, meaning there will be few impacts to traffic.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Police say an officer shot a man during a narcotics investigation in downtown Kansas City. Spokesman Jacob Becchina said in statement officers were trying to arrest a man Monday afternoon who had sold undercover officers drugs several times. Becchina says the man tried to drive toward officers but his vehicle became disabled. He was reportedly armed when he got out of the vehicle but it wasn't immediately clear what he was carrying, prompting an officer to shoot him.

HOLT SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) - A 45-year-old Chicago man is charged after a lengthy investigation led to the detonation of a suspicious package in central Missouri. ABC17News reports a criminal complaint from the FBI says Jerry Lee Banks is charged with driving a stolen vehicle across state lines. Investigators say Banks was driving the car Friday on Highway 54 in Callaway County. Court documents say officers found drugs and electronic components, chemicals and various "incoherent" writings inside the vehicle.

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