BC-MO--Missouri News Digest, MO

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 4:59 pm •  Published: April 24, 2014
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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:

CRIMINAL CODE

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.

MARIJUANA-EPILEPSY

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:

SEVERE WEATHER

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.

JOURNALISM DRONES

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.

EARNS-PEABODY ENERGY

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.

IN BRIEF:

— 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.

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