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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Officials say a gun went off inside a kindergartner's backpack in a Memphis school cafeteria, though no one was hurt.

A news release from the Shelby County school district Thursday says the gun went off inside the student's backpack in the cafeteria of Westside Elementary School. School staffers immediately took control of the backpack.

The school system says there was no evidence of harmful intent. However, the school has a zero-tolerance policy against guns.

School security officers and the Memphis Police Department responded quickly, and the child was taken into custody.

Crews reopen I-55 after major accident

Thursday, 22 August 2013 11:30 Published in Local News

Crews have just reopened northbound I-55 south of downtown St. Louis after a major accident this morning had the highway shutdown.

Just before 11 AM, two vehicles were overturned in an accident. The crash was near the Potomac exit. Five people, four adults and one child, were taken to the hospital.

Still no word on what caused the accident.

Federal investigators are turning up the heat as they look into a subcontract issued to a company owned by a member of the Police Board. 

County police say they have received a federal subpoena for all information relating to the contract. Chief Tim Fitch has also reached out to all employees asking that forward any information. The controversy stems from a $3.7 million contract for work on a new crime lab that was given to a company owned by Gregory Sansone.

County Executive Charlie Dooley has denied any conflict of interest and says his county counselor signed off on the decision to make Sanson's company the subcontractor. 

 

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