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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The mid-February kidnapping death of a 10-year-old Springfield girl has led to calls to changes Missouri's Amber Alert system.
 
Fourth-grader Hailey Owens was walking just a block from her home when she was abducted.  Springfield police responded within 10 minutes of the initial 911 call. But the statewide child abduction alert didn't go out for more than two hours.
   
The Kansas City Star reports that a grassroots campaign in southwest Missouri is working to speed up an alert system that requires three-page forms be filled out by hand and then sent by fax.
 
Middle school football coach Craig Michael Wood has been charged in the girl's death after police reported finding her body in Wood's basement.

Hatchery considered in effort to bring back shiner

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 12:32 Published in Local News
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri fish hatchery is being considered for an effort to reintroduce the endangered Topeka shiner fish back into state streams after being on the verge of extinction.
 
The Joplin Globe reports the minnows currently are found in two Missouri creeks and previously were found in a third until about 1990. They also can be found in portions of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and South Dakota.
 
Fisheries biologist Jerry Wiechman with the Missouri Department of Conservation says there are a few details to be worked out before the shiners can be raised at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery in southwest Missouri.
 
Wiechman says studies examining why the Topeka shiner is disappearing don't point to a specific culprit, but generally the fish disappears where human activity increases.

Illinois primary voters want jobs, better economy

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 10:54 Published in Local News

 

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. (AP) - Republican primary voters are talking about wanting a shake-up in Springfield and say they believe they have a real chance of putting one of their own back in the governor's office.
 
The big issues, they say, are reversing the state's indebtedness and keeping businesses from leaving Illinois. Some are after term limits that they say would do away with "career politicians" too cozy with special interests and unions.
 
Joan Youhn of the western Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn is an 81-year-old retired medical biller who voted Tuesday for venture capitalist Bruce Rauner. Weighing on her mind, she says, is the economy because her architect son was out of work until recently.
 
She says Illinois needs more statesman-like politicians "who care about what they're doing, not just getting re-elected."

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