Region briefs 1/28/04

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

House committee backs ban on gay marriage

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Marriage would be restricted to "the union of a man and a woman" under a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution, approved Tuesday by a House committee. The proposal, endorsed by the House Children and Families Committee on an 8-6 party-line vote, would go before voters in November if approved by the legislature. The measure now goes to the full House.

Former jailer sentenced on drug conviction

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A former jailer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing prescription drugs, Xanax, and selling them to an inmate. Randal Jason Vandiver, 20, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the Class B felony of distribution of a controlled substance.

-- From wire reports

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