BC-MO--Missouri News Digest 2:30 pm, MO

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Posted on April 8, 2013 at 2:30 PM

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GUNS IN SCHOOLS

JEFFERSON CITY — When a gunman killed 26 children and staff at a Connecticut grade school, Missouri Rep. Mike Kelley quickly proposed legislation that would allow trained teachers to carry hidden guns into the classroom as a "line of defense" against attackers. Similar bills soon proliferated in Republican-led states as the National Rifle Association called for armed officers in every American school. By David A. Lieb.

AP Photos CER101, CER102, CER104, CER103.

MISSOURI-CONVICTION OVERTURNED

COLUMBIA — A Chillicothe man facing a third murder trial in his neighbor's 1990 death wants Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to testify about his involvement in the case when he was the state's top prosecutor. Attorneys for Mark Woodworth filed a legal motion Monday seeking to depose the two-term Democratic governor, who spent 16 years as Missouri attorney general. By Alan Scher Zagier.

CREDIT CARD FRAUD

MARYLAND HEIGHTS — The suburban St. Louis-based grocery store chain Schnucks is among the latest hacker targets, and experts say many companies are struggling to keep up with increasingly sophisticated attacks. Schnuck Markets Inc. said last month that credit and debit card data from its customers had been hacked. The company said it hired an outside firm to investigate how it happened.

DEADLY HIT-AND-RUN

KANSAS CITY — A Kansas City area man killed in a weekend hit-and-run accident had lost his wife and daughter in a drunken driving accident in 2011. Leroy A. Bronson, 57, of Belton, died early Sunday when a pickup truck collided into his motorcycle in Kansas City, police said. The driver of the truck fled on foot.

COLUMBIA-AIRPORT PAYOUT

COLUMBIA — The city of Columbia paid $22,562 to American Airlines after the airline's first two weeks at Columbia Regional Airport as part of an arrangement that guaranteed the airline revenue when it agreed to start service there. The payout was expected as the airline adjusts to its new market and because heavy snow hit the city on Feb. 21 and 26, said John Blattel, director of the city's Finance Department. The airline began service in Columbia on Feb. 14.

ALSO:

— RAIL TRANSFER FACILITY — Gov. Jay Nixon says a new rail transfer facility in eastern Missouri has already helped local employers expand.

— ASSISTANT CHIEF-KILLED — A 47-year-old assistant Fort Osage fire chief has died in crash on his way to a fire in rural Jackson County.

— SPRINGFIELD FIRE-ID — Springfield officials have identified a 65-year-old man who was killed in a weekend house fire.

— FRAUD PLEA — A northwest Missouri man has pleaded guilty to defrauding an elderly couple out of more than $110,000.

— AMBER ALERT-MO — A woman suspected of taking a 5-year-old girl from her father's home in a Kansas City suburb is in custody after she saw herself on television and turned herself in.

— BAR FIRE — The owners of a St. Charles sports bar say they plan to rebuild after a fire destroyed the establishment.

— POLISH CENTER-SHOOTING — Two juveniles are in custody after a 46-year-old man was shot outside the Polish Heritage Center.

— CAPSIZED BOAT-SEARCH — The search is continuing on the Mississippi River for two men missing since their fishing boat capsized near Hartford in southwestern Illinois.

— ABANDONED CORPSE — A southeast Missouri woman will go to trial in June on charges of abandoning a corpse.

— FLASH MOB-SHOOTING — A 16-year-old is recovering after being shot during a flash mob in St. Louis.

SPORTS:

BBN--CARDINALS-OPENING DAY

ST. LOUIS — The normal Opening Day pageantry in St. Louis — the motorcade of Hall of Famers, the Budweiser Clydesdales — takes on a more poignant tone as the team and fans honor Stan Musial, who died in January at age 92. By Jim Salter. AP Photos.

BBN--REDS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals honor the late Stan Musial before their home opener, with Jaime Garcia (1-0) opposing Mat Latos (0-0) and the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds are coming off a strong 4-2 homestand while the Cardinals are 3-3 after punishing Giants ace Matt Cain while taking two of three at World Series champion San Francisco. Starts 3:15 p.m. CDT. By Sports Writer R.B. Fallstrom. With hometown lead on losing team.

BBA--TWINS-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY — After splitting their first six on the road, the Kansas City Royals play their home opener against the Minnesota Twins. The Royals lost all 10 games on their first homestand a year ago. Starts 3 p.m. CDT. With hometown lead on losing team.

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