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  • Lawmakers propose new protections for domestic abuse victims

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri lawmakers are pushing legislation that would make it harder for judges to require domestic violence victims to disclose confidential addresses. House and Senate leadership announced Wednesday that they would push an amendment to allow the secretary of state to intervene if a court wanted to require a person protected under a state program to release a confidential address. The state’s Safe at Home program is intended to protect the addresses of victims of domestic […]

  • Gun found in Columbia high school student’s backpack

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A high school student in Columbia, Missouri, was taken into custody after bringing a gun to school. The Columbia Missourian reports that Battle High School Principal Kim Presko sent an email to parents after the incident Monday, saying appropriate disciplinary actions are being taken. According to the email, administrators found a firearm in the student’s backpack while searching it for marijuana. Presko says the gun wasn’t loaded and administrators weren’t aware of any made threats. The […]

  • Experts recommend changes to improve diversity at university

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) _ University of Illinois officials say a team of outside experts has issued a report with suggestions for improving diversity and inclusion on campus, including creating a new vice chancellor for diversity position. Officials said in a news release Tuesday that a team of education and community planning experts from around the country visited the main campus in February and conducted interviews. The report says current diversity efforts on campus are decentralized, making it unclear what office […]

  • Illinois board to consider Hastert’s state lawmaker pension

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Illinois officials are poised to consider the status of the pension Dennis Hastert receives for the time he served in the state’s General Assembly. The Illinois General Assembly Retirement System’s board of trustees is scheduled to consider the former U.S. House Speaker’s $28,000 annual pension on Wednesday morning during a meeting in the state Capitol. The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights reports that the board’s executive secretary is recommending that it approve a reduced lawmakers’ pension […]

  • Missouri 17-year-old accused as adult in woman’s death

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ A southwestern Missouri 17-year-old has been charged as an adult in the stabbing death of an 80-year-old woman. Trystan Westrip of Republic is charged in Greene County with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, first-degree tampering and second-degree arson. Westrip was 17 at the time of Mary Shisler’s death last October. Investigators say Westrip told them he was planning to drive to Canada after a dispute with his parents when he happened upon Shisler at her home […]

  • Man convicted in 2010 killing of off-duty Chicago officer

    CHICAGO (AP) _ A man has been found guilty in the 2010 death an off-duty Chicago police officer. It took a Cook County jury four hours Tuesday to find 25-year-old Bernard Williams guilty of first-degree murder in Officer David Blake’s killing. The jury also found Williams guilty of armed robbery. Prosecutors said the then-18-year-old Williams lured Blake into an alley to kill the officer and raid a gun safe at his house. No physical evidence linked Williams to the killing […]

  • Coghlan’s leap, Stroman’s hit lift Blue Jays over Cards 6-5

    ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Chris Coghlan made an acrobatic, run-scoring leap over St. Louis All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, and Marcus Stroman came across with the go-ahead run after pinch hitting in the 11th inning and doubling for his first major league hit in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-5 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night. With the score 22, Coghlan walked in the seventh and sped around the bases on Kevin Pillar’s triple in the right-field corner, which hit high […]

  • Missouri Senate votes to up funding for public K-12 schools

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri public K-12 schools appear set to get roughly $48 million more in basic aid next fiscal year. Senators voted 19-14 on Tuesday in favor of bumping up funding to meet targets called for under state law. Because House members also passed a proposed budget that would meet funding goals, the money for schools likely will be locked into the final budget due May 5. Senators were split on whether to give the extra money […]

  • Illinois prison on lockdown after assault that injured staff

    MENARD, Ill. (AP) _ A weekend assault at a southern Illinois prison that resulted in injuries has led to the transfer of several inmates to other institutions. A Department of Corrections spokeswoman says staff at Menard Correctional Center and inmates involved in the Sunday altercation were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Corrections Department spokeswoman Nicole Wilson says in a statement that upon completion of an investigation the Corrections Department will refer the case to the Randolph County state’s attorney’s office […]

  • Kansas City police take 4 into custody after Facebook threat

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Kansas City, Missouri, police say four people are in custody after one of them allegedly threatened a student with a handgun during a confrontation broadcast live on Facebook. Police said there’s no evidence the incident just after 2 p.m. Tuesday near the freshman center building in the Hickman Mills school district took place on school grounds. There were no injuries. Police say a male suspect was armed with a gun he waved threateningly at a […]

  • Missouri high court strikes down puppy mill defamation suit

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri Supreme Court says that a woman running a dog kennel can’t sue dog advocacy groups for defamation. The court on Thursday unanimously upheld a circuit court decision dismissing a defamation lawsuit filed by dog kennel owner Mary Ann Smith against dog advocacy groups. Smith sued the groups over a 2010 report calling her kennel one of the “worst puppy mills in Missouri.” The court said in its opinion that the advocacy groups’ statements […]

  • Democratic Illinois House OKs public funding for abortions

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Democratic-controlled Illinois House has approved public funding for all abortions. The House voted 62-55 Tuesday to allow state-employee health insurance or Medicaid to cover abortions. Medicaid currently covers abortions in limited cases. The vote capped a two-hour debate and coincided with the Illinois Women March on Springfield for a “progressive agenda.” The measure is sponsored by Chicago Democratic state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (FYE’-ghen-holts). She called it an issue of fairness and says it also ensures […]