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JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon's administration says a Missouri House computer was used in an effort to access a secure website with the list of people who have a concealed weapons permit. The Office of Administration filed an open records request to determine who did it. Spokeswoman Misti Preston said Friday the user tried unsuccessfully to view the list 23 times. By Jordan Shapiro.
BARGE BREAKAWAY-OIL SPILL
ST. LOUIS — Roughly 300 gallons of crude oil spilled early Friday into the Mississippi River near St. Louis after a vessel on the rain-swollen waterway slammed into a fleet of docked barges, causing 14 of them to briefly break away, according to the Coast Guard. None of the oil was found to have washed up on the river's banks as of midmorning Friday, though crews still were assessing the possible environmental fallout of the spill — the equivalent of seven barrels — and the precise cause of the accident about 1 a.m. near Alton, Ill., Coast Guard Lt. Colin Fogarty said. By Jim Suhr.
ST. LOUIS — More heavy rain and late-season snow are creating new flood concerns for Midwest river towns still cleaning up from April flooding, though forecasters say the waters won't rise as high as last month. Precipitation pelted the heartland Thursday and Friday, and was expected to continue through the weekend. By Jim Salter.
PUBLIC DEFENDER RETIRES
KANSAS CITY — A lack of resources and the prospect of layoffs in the office he's led for 33 years prompted federal public defender Ray Conrad to announce his retirement a few years early so other attorneys can keep their jobs. Ray Conrad, 73, said his retirement, effective June 1, and that of a senior investigator can save the western Missouri public defenders' office enough money to cover a $270,000 budget shortfall looming in the fiscal year that starts in October.
SPRINGFIELD — A southwest Missouri woman could be retried or released from prison after the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling overturning her murder conviction. Paula Hall, 43, of Sparta was convicted in 2009 of second-degree murder in the 2003 death of Freda Heyn, 68, of Oldfield. She is serving a 20-year sentence at the Chillicothe Correctional Center.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — A solar-powered airplane left Northern California on Friday for the first leg of a planned cross-country trip that its co-pilot described as a "milestone" in aviation history. The Solar Impulse — considered the world's most-advanced sun-powered plane — left Moffett Field in Mountain View just after dawn. Its creators said the trip is the first attempt by a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel to fly across America. By Haven Daly.
BAD TRAFFIC STOP
OMAHA, Neb. — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday threw out a traffic stop and search that turned up more than 60 pounds of cocaine hidden in the car's trunk, saying the deputy who pulled the car over didn't have a good reason to do so. The high court's ruling came in the case of Doan Au, 26, of St. Louis. Au was convicted in 2011 in Douglas County District Court of possessing more than 140 grams of cocaine with intent to deliver. By Margery A. Beck.
— OIL LEAK-MISSOURI — Officials with ExxonMobil have repaired an oil pipeline in southeast Missouri, where a leak was discovered earlier this week.
— RAYTOWN GOOGLE FIBER — Raytown officials have announced a tentative agreement to bring Google Fiber to the Kansas City suburb.
— BODY-ALLEY — St. Louis police are searching for the person who killed a man and left him in an alley.
— FAKE OFFICER — A St. Louis-area man is accused of pretending to be a police officer while trying to get into two homes.
— WANDERING BOY — St. Louis police say they have located a parent of the 5-year-old boy found wandering alone late at night with just his dog.
LOS ANGELES — Jonathan Quick wants the blame after making huge mistakes in the Los Angeles Kings' first two playoff losses to St. Louis, but the Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goalie can't score for his teammates. The defending Stanley Cup champions have managed just two goals in the series heading into a vital Game 3 on Saturday night. By Greg Beacham.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One night after the Kansas City Royals had their game against Tampa Bay postponed due to snow — in May, mind you — the White Sox come to town for a series opener that could also have weather issues. By Dave Skretta. Game starts 7 p.m. CT. With hometown lead on losing team. AP Photos.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers face the St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of their NL Central series. 7:10 p.m. CT. AP Photos. With hometown lead on losing team.
CARDINALS-BOGGS DEMOTED — The St. Louis Cardinals have run out of patience with Mitchell Boggs, demoting the reliever saddled with a 12.66 ERA to Triple-A Memphis on Friday.AP Photo MOJR113.
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