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Kansas City, MO – A Grain Valley couple who lied about having sextuplets to con people out of money and gifts now face felony charges. Kris and Sarah Everson admitted mid-week that their claim they had six critically ill infants was a lie. Today prosecutors charged them both with stealing by deceit, a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. Prosecutor Mike Sanders said the Eversons collected a verified $3500 in cash from a local charity and the manufacturing plant from where Kris Everson worked.

The first retail biodiesel pump in Kansas City opened this morning, joining some 700 stations offering the product nationwide. Biodiesel can be made from soybean oil, recycled cooking oils, or animal fats. The Valero station at 6th and Wyandotte now sells a mixture with a 20 percent biodiesel. Kansas City, Missouri already uses abour 1.3 million gallons of biodiesel in city trucks and machinery

Missouri governor Matt Blunt wants Ameren UE to compensate the state for forest and wildlife habitat wiped out by the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse. His first proposal - give Missouri Church Mountain near the reservoir and an old railroad bed that would allow extending the Katy Trail State Park west to Kansas City. Ameren says it has no plans at this time to donate the properties.

More mumps cases were reported in the KCUR listening area today, and the health department reported the first probable case in Kansas City, proper. The patient is a city employee, who says other employees and visitors at City Hall could have been exposed.

Commerce Bank's holding company will pay $80.9 million in stock and cash for an Illinois-based bank. Commerce Bancshares and West Pointe Bancorp expect the deal to close in the third quarter. The deal will enable Commerce to expand in the St. Louis area, increasing its assets there to $4 billion.

A federal bankruptcy judge has extended the deadline for Interstate Bakeries to file its plan for a return for profitability. IBC now has until September 22 to file its reorganization plan and till November 21 to get it approved.

President Bush has issued a major disaster declaration for Douglas and Wyandotte Counties for damage caused by storms on March 12th. The declaration kicks in federal grants that could cover as much as 75 percent of eligible damage claims.