Grandma shot self, young grandsons in car

(PRESTON, Conn., AP) – A woman who picked up her two young grandsons from daycare drove them to a neighboring town and shot and killed the children and herself, state police and family members said. The bodies of 47-year-old Debra Denison and her grandsons, 2-year-old Alton Perry and 6-month-old Ashton Perry, were found Tuesday night… Read more »

City issues state of emergency

By ELLEN BECKER (WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – City Manager Paula Hertwig-Hopkins declared a state of emergency at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday as some 10 inches of snow blanketed the area overnight, adding to the heavy snowfall from last week. Downed trees covered roads and two roofs collapsed on local businesses. Plow trucks have opened major arterial roads… Read more »

First witness to testify in Gulf oil spill trial

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN (NEW ORLEANS, La., AP) – A University of California-Berkeley engineer who played a prominent role in investigating levee breaches in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is scheduled to be the first witness Tuesday at a trial involving another Gulf Coast catastrophe: the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Robert Bea, an… Read more »

Winter storm blasts KC area

By BILL DRAPER (KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) – The second major snowstorm in a week battered the nation’s midsection Tuesday, dropping a half-foot or more of snow across Missouri and Kansas and cutting power to thousands. At least three deaths were blamed on the blizzard, and gusting winds blew drifts more than 2 feet high… Read more »

Update regarding Emergency Snow Ordinance

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.)- The City of Warrensburg remains in Phase I of the Emergency Snow Ordinance. Crews continue working to open routes and facilitate emergency services in spite of the rapidly deteriorating conditions. It is estimated that 10 inches of snow fell overnight with the possibility of another 12 inches throughout the day. Warrensburg is experiencing… Read more »