- Cape teacher accused of assaulting student at football game (10/23/16)41
- Pedestrian killed during traffic collision on I-55 (10/23/16)9
- Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter faces challenge from criminal investigator Wes Drury (10/21/16)9
- 18-year-old killed in one-car crash Thursday morning (10/21/16)1
- One issue reveals Clinton's character (10/25/16)18
- Man arrested after dispute at school spurs brief lockdown (10/21/16)6
- One victim IDs his attacker in shooting that killed woman (10/25/16)1
- 'I feel for them' (10/20/16)1
- Hundreds turn out for VintageNOW fundraiser (10/23/16)3
- R.P. Lumber chain buys Southeast Missouri Builders Supply in Cape (10/25/16)7
New Missouri women's prison nearing completion
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) -- A new women's prison nearing completion in Chillicothe will help accommodate a growing number of female offenders.
Corrections Director Larry Crawford and Gov. Matt Blunt were overseeing a ribbon-cutting at the facility on Wednesday.
The Chillicothe Correctional Center will house up to 1,636 prisoners, more than three times the capacity of the old institution in that same northwest Missouri city.
Corrections officials say Missouri's female prison population has increased 150 percent over the last 10 years. It's meant that the state's other women's prison in Vandalia has exceeded its capacity.