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(Leon) -- The Decatur County Sheriff says he doesn’t believe the beating death of a 25-year-old accused cattle thief was retaliation by the owners of the cattle he took.  Ryan Fulkerson of Decatur City was found in a ditch by a farmer May 12th.  He had bonded out of the county jail four weeks before that.  Fulkerson was taken to a Des Moines hospital where he died last weekend.  He was charged with stealing cattle in Iowa and trying to sell them in Illinois.  He had been arrested in Illinois.  Sheriff Burt Muir says he thinks the case will be solved quickly.

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(Waterloo) -- A sheriff’s deputy in Black Hawk County suffers minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash which occurred Sunday night.  Authorities say deputy Chad Chase was driving a marked squad car when he collided with a second car driven by a Waverly woman.  Chase was responding to a call, but he didn’t have his emergency lights or siren activated at the time.  Forty-four-year-old Melissa Kramer was taken to a Waterloo hospital for treatment of her injuries. Chase didn’t require hospital treatment.

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(Des Moines) -- From chopsticks to Chopin, the tunes you’ll be hearing on some Des Moines street corners will be coming from public pianos. Outdoor pianos have received rave reviews in Iowa City andMason City, although one was damaged last weekend.  The donated pianos will be bolted down and covered at night and during rain storms.  Two music lovers say they wanted the pianos as a place for people to gather, play and sing this summer.  The Des Moines City Council has voted to move forward with the project.  If it works, you could see dozens of pianos in high-traffic locations in the future.

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(Sioux City) -- Jolly Time Popcorn celebrates 100 years as a family-owned business in Sioux City, Iowa.  It’s marking the anniversary by offering cash grants to people or organizations working on behalf of others through good deeds.  Nominations will be taken over the next month for the Kernels of Kindness program.  The company says it is giving away one-thousand dollars to 100 winners.  Nominations can be made online and they must be in by June 15th.  Jolly Time sells its popcorn in all 50 states and 40 foreign countries.
 
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(Lincoln) -- A spokesperson for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says that agency has managed to document seven million dollars in federal aid which was distributed for foster care and additional child welfare services.  Washingtonhad called for the state to repay 22-million dollars last February. The federal government challenged Nebraska’s practice of not requiring child-welfare contractors to breakdown where the money was going.  The state agency says Nebraska could still wind up having to repay up to 15-million dollars.

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(Omaha) -- Trial will be held in September for the sister of a man convicted of killing four people last summer.  Trial date has been set for Erica Jenkins.  The sister of Nikko Jenkins has entered not guilty pleas to several charges, including first-degree murder and two counts each of criminal conspiracy and use of a weapon.  Nikko Jenkins was found guilty last month of the killings of Curtis Bradford, Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Juan Uribe-Pena and Andrea Kruger.  Jenkins waived her right to a speedy trial on three charges of assault while she was in custody.

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(Lincoln) -- Witnesses in Lincoln tell police they saw a 29-year-old man assaulting an unconscious woman in an alley.  James McWilliams has been arrested in the reported assault in the city’s Haymarket area.  The 21-year-old victim told police she had been drinking at a bar with her friends and doesn’t remember leaving.  She says she didn’t consent to having sex with McWilliams.
 
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(Jefferson City) -- There appears to be little potential for a last-minute reprieve for condemned killer Russell Bucklew – at least, not from Governor Jay Nixon’s office.  Bucklew is scheduled to die by a lethal dose of pentobarbital at a minute after midnight Wednesday.  He killed a southeast Missouri man during a violent spree of crime nearly 18 years ago.  If it is carried out, it will be the first U-S execution since Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett’s vein collapsed and he suffered a fatal heart attack last month.  Nixon says he sees no reason to halt the execution.

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(Undated) -- Five more community “safe rooms” will be built in Missouri schools.  The safe rooms provide a tornado shelter for people who don’t have basements or other types of storm shelters at their homes.  They will also protect students, faculty and staff at schools in Lincoln, St. Charles, Stoddard, Texas and Webster counties.  Missouri already has more than 100 of the safe rooms completed and several others now under construction.  The rooms are built to withstand winds of up to 250 miles an hour. 

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(Cape Girardeau) -- A coroner’s inquiry finds that a man found dead in a southeast Missouri jail cell had committed suicide by hanging.  Inmate Adams Butch Banks died in the Butler County Justice Center May 1st.  An autopsy found he died due to strangulation by hanging. Banks had been arrested last month on suspicion of second-degree property damage.  Authorities say he had been placed by himself in a holding cell because he had been acting aggressively.  He was found dead the next day.

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(St. Elizabeth) -- Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer says he will consider running for Missouri governor in 2016.  The Republican becomes the fourth member of his party to indicate interest in the race. Luetkemeyer says he will decide after his campaign for reelection this fall.  He represents Missouri’s Third Congressional District.  Term limits stop Democratic Governor Jay Nixon from running for reelection.  Luetkemeyer has served in Congress since 2008.
 
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(St. Louis) -- The estranged husband of a 28-year-old St. Louis woman is charged with murder in her stabbing death.  Danielle Bell was killed early Sunday morning in a home near the Lake of the Ozarks.  Investigators say she had been embroiled in an alcohol-fueled argument with her 50-year-old husband, Calvin Kyles. Authorities say the fight had started at a bar Saturday night and continued when the couple returned to Kyles’ home in Camdenton.  Kyles was arrested in St. Clair County.