JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing a gun safety course sponsored by the National Rifle Association to be taught to first-graders.
The bill signed Friday allows schools to teach the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program and to seek financial grants to do so. But it stops short of mandating the course.
The NRA says its course has been taught to more than 26 million children nationwide since it began in 1988. Virginia enacted a law in 2010 allowing gun-safety courses based on the NRA program.
The Missouri legislation requires schools to conduct an active-shooter drill led by law enforcement officers.
It also assigns the duty of issuing identification cards for concealed gun permits to sheriffs, instead of driver's license clerks.
The dog, found with burns across his body yesterday, died this morning.
The dog named Brownie was found behind a home in the 4300 block of Cote Brilliante. Neighbors told authorities they saw the dog covered in flames. Despite receiving treatment at the Veterinary Specialty Services, Brownie died today. The St. Louis Animal Cruelty Task Force was activated today and Stray Rescue and CrimeStoppers are working together to come up with a reward for information that leads to a conviction.
An 18-year-old Wentzville man will spend decades behind bars for sexually assaulting several children.
Jacob Dolson was sentenced to 30 years for nine felony charges. Prosecutors proved that Dolson sexually abused four children who attended his mother's daycare. The children were between the ages of 3 and 9. Dolson will serve at least 25 years of his sentence and spend the rest of his life as a registered sex offender.