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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 13:48 Published in Local News
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Southern State University in Joplin was locked down briefly after students reported seeing a suspicious person, possibly with a gun.
After about two hours of searching Tuesday, campus police determined the campus was safe. No arrests were reported.
The Joplin Globe reports a campus alert was issued about 2:45 p.m. after students outside the university's public safety center reported seeing someone, possibly with a gun, in an adjacent field.
University spokeswoman Cassie Mathes says students reported the person headed toward two residence halls.
Campus police locked down the dormitories while searching for the person. The lockdown ended about 4:40 p.m
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 13:47 Published in Local News
FULTON, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton has two interim leaders while a search continues for a permanent superintendent.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday announced that assistant superintendent Margilee LaBoarde and business manager Harold Siebert will be interim superintendents.
The education department is looking for a replacement for the recently-retired Barbara Garrison.
The Fulton Sun reports LaBoarde has been at the school for 31 years, serving in several positions before being named assistant superintendent. Siebert has been business manager at the school for 13 years.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 13:45 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the state's Republican-led Legislature to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.
But the measure's chances of passing are unclear. Some Republicans expressed caution Wednesday and criticized Nixon for championing the proposal while ignoring other policy initiatives.
Current state law prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex and disability.
Many Democrats applauded Nixon for including the proposal among his priorities outlined in the State of the State address Tuesday night.
Legislation to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation passed the Senate on the last day of session last year, but never received a House vote.
At least one House member - Anne Zerr, of St. Charles - said she was glad Nixon pushed for the measure in his speech.