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State News

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Missouri House budget panel wants more for K-12 education (02/26/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's public schools and community colleges would receive larger funding increases than recommended by Gov. Jay Nixon, under a budget plan presented Wednesday to a House committee. It would, however, scrap Nixon's recommendation to give a performance-based funding increase to public universities...
State public safety director resigns 6 months into job (02/26/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's public safety director, appointed amid fallout from the fatal Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown, on Wednesday announced plans to resign only six months into the job. Director Daniel Isom II in a statement issued by the governor's office confirmed plans to return to the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he taught at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice...
Missouri House approves annual inspection of abortion clinic (02/26/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's only abortion clinic would be subject to an annual inspection by the state's health department under a bill advanced Wednesday by Missouri's Republican-led House. The bill would require ambulatory surgical centers performing any second- or third-trimester abortion, or five or more first-trimester abortions, to be inspected by the state Department of Health and Senior Services...
State supreme court weighs farming, gun-rights measures (02/26/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Lawmakers used "cleverly chosen words" to deceive residents about the potential impact of constitutional amendments that strengthened gun and agricultural rights in Missouri, voters challenging the new laws told the state Supreme Court on Wednesday...
Senate committee considers change to deadly force law (02/25/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Law enforcement leaders from around the state voiced support Tuesday for proposals to update Missouri's deadly force law after the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a Ferguson police officer sparked national protests. The Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee considered two measures to bring the state's law more in line with a 1985 Supreme Court decision, which says deadly force used against a fleeing suspect is unconstitutional unless the officer has probable cause to think that person poses a serious threat to the officer or others.. ...
Boy with Asperger syndrome back in hospital after severe beating at school (02/25/15)
LIBERTY, Mo. -- A Missouri eighth-grader with autism has suffered complications from a severe beating he took in the lunchroom from another student, his parents say. Twelve-year-old Blake Kitchen, of Liberty, has a cracked skull, a fractured jaw and damage to his ear that may require surgery, his mother said...
Man charged with killing 3 people, unborn child (02/25/15)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri man used the light from a headlamp he was wearing to see and methodically shoot and kill a pregnant woman and two other people in a mobile home, authorities alleged Tuesday in charging him with four counts of first-degree murder...
Priest's release from prison worries some (02/25/15)
ST. LOUIS -- A former priest who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a child is free after 12 years in prison, and advocates for victims of clergy abuse say they are worried about what could happen next. Gary Wolken, 49, was released Monday from the state prison in Cameron, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported...