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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Health care providers and advocates for the poor say a disposable diaper shortage among needy families is harming both the infants and their parents.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that local food pantries receive countless requests for diapers but are unable to meet the demand. The CEO of Nurses for Newborns says the organization would need as many as 10,000 diapers a day for their mostly poor clients but can only supply a dozen diapers per person in an emergency.

Disposable diapers can cost up to $100 a month for one child.

Social worker Jessica Adams is organizing a nonprofit St. Louis diaper bank that would accept charitable donations and help distribute the diapers to those in need.

Sunday, 13 April 2014 09:53
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ROLLA, Mo. (AP) — A U.S. Army sergeant killed in last week's shooting in Fort Hood, Texas, has been buried in the Missouri town where he went to high school and met his wife.

Sergeant Timothy Owens was originally from Effingham, Illinois. He was one of three soldiers killed April 2nd when a gunman fired on the military base. Sixteen others were wounded.

Saturday's funeral was in Rolla (RAH'-lah) where Owens lived in the 1990s.

The Rolla Daily News reported that as many as 75 motorcyclists from the Rolla Patriot Guard Riders accompanied the casket before the service at Rolla's First Baptist Church and afterward, to Lake Springs Cemetery in rural Dent County.

As the casket left the church, Patriot Guard Riders, law enforcement officers and residents lined the sidewalk outside and saluted.

Sunday, 13 April 2014 09:51
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are advancing an early voting measure that could overlap with an initiative petition tackling the issue.

The competing proposals set up a scenario in which Missouri voters could endorse two early voting periods but see only one become law. Missouri law states that if conflicting constitutional amendments are approved at the same time, the measure that gets the largest affirmative vote takes effect.

The initiative petition would allow early voting for six weeks and require officials to accommodate early voting on Saturday and Sunday for the final 21 days before federal or state elections. The proposal in the Legislature calls for nine days of early voting and depends upon lawmakers approving funding.

Sunday, 13 April 2014 09:50
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Legislation to reorganize Missouri's criminal laws also would give longer prison stints to people who sexually abuse or abandon children.

Under the bill, incest would carry additional jail time in child sex crimes. Parents who leave their children without proper care could also spend a decade more in jail if a child dies or is seriously injured.

The main focus of the legislation is the creation of additional classes of felonies and misdemeanors. But a child advocate says the increased punishments for crimes against children will have an impact on their lives.

The House and Senate passed the criminal code overhaul this week and must work out differences to pass an identical bill by May 16th, when the session adjourns

Saturday, 12 April 2014 10:29
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two workers who fell to their deaths in a southeast Missouri mine have been identified by their employer.

Mississippi Lime Company president Bill Ayers issued a statement saying 53-year-old John Hahl of Farmington and 29-year-old Chris Rawson of Hillsboro died in the accident around 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Hahl and Rawson were working in a lime mine near the town of Ste. Genevieve, about 60 miles south of St. Louis.

Ste. Genevieve County Coroner Leo Basler says the men were in a basket extended from a truck removing loose rock from either the wall or the ceiling of the mine.

Basler says loose rock hit the basket and detached it. The men fell to their death.

St. Louis-based Mississippi Lime Company makes calcium products and calcium-based solution

Saturday, 12 April 2014 10:28
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DIXON, Mo. (AP) — The body of an Army sergeant killed in last week's mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, has arrived in a small southern Missouri town for a weekend funeral.

Law enforcement vehicles and nearly 100 Patriot guard motorcycle riders accompanied a hearse bearing the body of 37-year-old Sergeant Timothy Owens in a procession Friday from Lambert Airport in St. Louis to a funeral home in Dixon.

Patriot Guard riders will also escort the remains on Saturday morning from Dixon to a church in neighboring Rolla where the funeral will be held. Owens, originally from Effingham, Illinois attended high school in Rolla and met his wife there.

Owens was one of three soldiers killed April 2nd when ano

Saturday, 12 April 2014 10:27
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   Traffic ticket quotas may soon be a thing of the past in Illinois.  

   A proposal to outlaw them has cleared the state Senate and will be considered in the House. The legislation says police officers can't be evaluated on the number of citations they write.

   The bill's sponsor says it will let officers use more discretion in deciding whether or not to give someone a ticket.

Friday, 11 April 2014 17:11
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   The man who shot and paralyzed a Florissant police officer two years ago will spend a lifetime in prison -- two of them, in fact.  Twenty-two year old Brian Cannon Junior was sentenced this morning to two life terms plus 20 years.  

   He had been convicted last month of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, two burglary counts, car theft, and other felonies.  

   Officer Mike Vernon had been searching an alley for a suspected burglar in May of 2012 when Cannon popped out of a dumpster and began shooting. Vernon was struck three times and is paralyzed from the waist down. 

   In an interview after Cannon's trial, Vernon told reporters he wanted Cannon to sit in prison and think about the fact that he (Vernon) wasn't going to open the lid to the dumpster where Cannon had been hiding.  Vernon said he wanted Cannon to realize that he wouldn't have been discovered if he'd just kept still.

Friday, 11 April 2014 16:57
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   An independent report says the University of Missouri failed to follow parts of the federal law that governs sexual harassment when handling the case of a former swimmer's suicide.

   The report released Friday says the Columbia campus should have investigated 20 year old Sasha Menu Courey's 2011 death after her parents raised questions about the events leading to her suicide.   Menu Courey alleged she had been sexually assaulted by as many as three football players 16 months before she died.

   School officials have previously said they didn't act sooner because neither Menu Courey nor her parents sought a police investigation and didn't respond to a later request for information.

   The case has been referred to Columbia police.

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   Suspended Mizzou wide receiver Dorial Green Beckham has been dismissed from the Missouri Tigers' football team.  The university released a statement Friday afternoon saying the decision was made by Head Coach Gary Pinkel in conjunction with Athletics Director Mike Alden.
   In a statement, Coach Pinkel said, "This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind."  He went on to say, "Dorial's priority going forward needs to be focusing on getting the help he needs."  He added, "As we have all along, we will continue to do everything we can to assist Dorial and his family.  We care deeply about Dorial and his well-being, but hopefully he can benefit from a fresh start."
   Director Alden also commented, saying in a statement, "We have a high standard of conduct for our student-athletes."  He added that the athletics department is "responsible to the community at large and to the ideals and values of the University of Missouri."  He called Green Beckham's dismissal, "a necessary step" for the team, the department, the school and the community."
   Earlier in the day Green Beckham had released a statement.  His father, John Beckham shared the statement by phone with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Friday.  Beckham told the paper his son wrote the statement himself.
   It reads:
"First and more importantly, I take responsibility for my conduct and my mistakes.  Don't blame my girlfriend or her friends for anything.  I am not looking for sympathy.  I thank those who have given me concern.  I have been young and dumb.  I want to be better.  During my suspension I'm entering counseling.  With help, I know I can be stronger emotionally and spiritually.  My relationship with God, my family, friends, teammates and coaches are most important in my life, not football.  It may not be possible to fix everything, but it won't be for not trying. - Dorial Green Beckham"
 
   Green Beckham had been the subject of a burglary investigation after allegedly forcing his way into an apartment Sunday morning in a dispute with his girlfriend.  The investigation was closed after the victims declined to press charges saying they feared community backlash.  On Monday, Coach Gary Pinkel had announced Green Beckham's indefinite suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules.
 
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