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NEW AND UPDATED:
— SEVERE WEATHER. New.
— EMBEZZLEMENT-TAX FRAUD. APNewsNow.
— DRUNK-DRIVING DEATH. APNewsNow, updated with sentencing.
— MISSOURI PRIMARY. APNewsNow.
— MOONLIGHTING LICENSE COLLECTOR. APNewsNow.
— AUTO PARTS SUPPLIER. APNewsNow.
— DRUNK DRIVING-BICYCLIST. APNewsNow.
STATE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Jay Nixon the first comprehensive rewrite of the state's criminal laws in decades, but supporters still face the tough task of convincing a skeptical governor that the bill doesn't contain mistakes. The House voted 140-15 to pass the measure, and the Senate followed with a 28-2 vote about an hour later. That vote tally would be enough to override a potential veto. Lawmakers moved quickly to pass the bill Thursday to ensure the governor will have to act before lawmakers adjourn in mid-May. That gives them the option to attempt a veto override during regular session. By Jordan Shapiro. SENT: 680 words.
JEFFERSON CITY — Missourians whose epilepsy isn't relieved by other treatments could start taking a cannabis extract under legislation approved Thursday by the state House. The measure would allow use of a "hemp extract" containing little of the chemical that causes marijuana users to feel high and larger amounts of a chemical called cannabidiol, or CBD. Supporters contend CBD oil could be effective in preventing seizures. By Chris Blank. SENT: 550 words.
AROUND THE STATE:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Forecasters are predicting a significant chance of strong tornadoes this weekend across a large part of the nation's mid-section, an outbreak that could stretch from the Great Plains to the Midwest and South. It's been a quiet year for tornadoes so far, but that doesn't mean the placid weather won't take an abrupt turn, forecasters said Thursday. By Chuck Bartels. SENT: 430 words.
COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri has brought a class on using aerial drones indoors after a federal government agency told the journalism school last summer to stop flying them outdoors. The School of Journalism grounded its outdoor use of the unmanned aircraft for news gathering after receiving a cease and desist letter from the Federal Aviation Administration last summer. SENT: 320 words.
ST. LOUIS — Coal miner Peabody Energy Corp. said Thursday its first-quarter loss more than doubled on weak prices, falling short of Wall Street expectations. The world's biggest private-sector company also predicted another loss for the current quarter. By Business Writer Jim Suhr. SENT: 370 words.
— EMBEZZLEMENT-TAX FRAUD — A northwest Missouri husband and wife are going to prison for an embezzlement scheme and tax fraud that financed a lavish lifestyle.
— DRUNK-DRIVING DEATH — A 33-year-old Troy man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the drunken-driving death of a 9-year-old boy.
— MISSOURI PRIMARY — Missouri House members have narrowly approved legislation moving the state's primary elections to June.
— MOONLIGHTING LICENSE COLLECTOR — The license collector for the city of St. Louis says she is no long working a second government job as a part-time prosecutor for a small municipality in St. Louis County.
— AUTO PARTS SUPPLIER — A subsidiary of a Canadian automotive supplier is building a new manufacturing plant in the Kansas City area.
— DRUNK DRIVING-BICYCLIST — A Texas man faces second-degree assault charges after allegedly striking a bicyclist while driving drunk.
— LAWSUIT VENUE — Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill dealing with where lawsuits involving railroads should be considered.
— KIDNAPPING DEATH — A southwest Missouri youth football coach accused of kidnapping, raping and killing a 10-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty
— KANSAS SHOOTING-HEARING — A 73-year-old white supremacist from Missouri accused of fatally shooting three people at Jewish sites in Kansas appeared in court long enough for his attorney to request a scheduling conference be pushed back a month.
— HEALTH REGISTRY — County officials could compile lists of residents with health problems under a Missouri bill intended to identify people in need of help during disasters.
— MISSOURI LAWMAKER-DISABILITY FRAUD — A former Missouri lawmaker has been sentenced to five years of probation for Social Security fraud.
— BEER WORKER-DRUNK-DRIVING — A former employee of a large beer distributor faces a drunk-driving charge involving a fatal pedestrian accident in west St. Louis County.
— NURSING HOME-ARMED ROBBERY — Police say two masked men armed with a gun were likely looking for prescription drugs when they burst into a southeast Missouri nursing home.
— COLUMBIA HOMICIDE — A man wounded in a shooting in Columbia has been charged with second-degree murder.
— 3M EXPANSION — The 3M Co. is planning an $18.7 million expansion at its plant in Nevada.
— HIGH SCHOOL-$10 MILLION GIFT — A suburban St. Louis high school has received a $10 million grant to build a swimming pool.
— IPAD THEFT — Police in southwestern Illinois are searching for three men who they say stole $31,000 worth of iPads from a Collinsville Wal-Mart store.
— ANTIFREEZE KILLINGS — Greene County prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against a Springfield woman accused of killing her husband and son with antifreeze.
— THWARTED ROBBERY-SENTENCE — A Kansas man whose attempt to rob a northwest Missouri bank was thwarted when a bank employee shot him in the face has been sentenced to five years without parole.
— MISSOURI BUDGET — A Missouri Senate panel adopted a state budget plan that includes a two-pronged funding plan for public schools that bases their state aid on economic performance.
— ROBOTICS CONTEST — Thousands of students from around the world are again descending on St. Louis for a championship robotics competition.
— WEIDENBAUM-MEMORIAL — A memorial service for former Washington University economist Murray Weidenbaum is set for Saturday afternoon at Graham Chapel on the Danforth Campus in St. Louis.
— AIRCRAFT TAX BREAKS — Missouri lawmakers want to create a permanent tax break for airplane repairs.
NEW YORK — Chris Young homered to start New York's comeback and slumping Curtis Granderson singled in a run as a pinch hitter as Bartolo Colon and the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 Thursday to send Lance Lynn to his first career loss in April. Colon (2-3) allowed four hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked none. Carlos Torres and Scott Rice split the eighth, and Daisuke Matsuzaka finished the four-hitter with a perfect ninth for his first save since 2000 with the Seibu Lions of Japan's Pacific League. By Sports Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: Hometown lead on Cardinals.
CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber stayed stone-faced, maintaining the same stoic look in the clubhouse that he had for nine innings on the mound. Only when prodded by an Indians teammate did Kluber crack. By Sports Writer Tom Withers. SENT: 720 words, photos.
CLEVELAND — One by one, the Royals went to the plate and came back empty. Corey Kluber had them flailing and failing. They missed the right-hander's pitches, popped them up or hit weak groundouts against Cleveland's starter. He controlled them — completely. Kluber struck out a career-high 11 and allowed Kansas City just four hits in his first complete game, leading the Indians to a 5-1 win over the Royals. By Sports Writer Tom Withers. SENT: 710 words, photos.
ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks are tied at two games apiece in a white-knuckle first-round series, both teams winning at home heading into Game 5 Friday night. Three games were decided in overtime and the fourth was also a one-goal affair before Chicago's empty-netter late in Game 3. By R.B. Fallstrom. SENT: 130 WORDS. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
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