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Sheriff's department helps schools prepare for worst

Sunday, 02 February 2014 10:00 Published in Local News

TROY, Mo. (AP) — Just in case the unthinkable ever occurs, authorities in Lincoln County, Missouri want school staff, teachers and students to be ready if someone with a gun ever enters the building.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department has conducted active shooter drills at 13 schools since August. Lieutenant Andy Binder says the program has helped develop new policies for how both teachers and police respond to threats.

The exercise is an example of active shooter response training and is part of a program for schools established by a new Missouri law.

Missouri lawmakers plot new plan for juvenile lifers

Sunday, 02 February 2014 09:51 Published in Local News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than 80 Missourians are serving sentences of life without parole that the U.S. Supreme Court says are unconstitutional because they were juveniles at the time of their crime.

A Missouri state senator has introduced legislation that would allow those 83 people convicted of first-degree murder to receive a new sentencing hearing.

The measure would allow those older than 16 to serve life without parole or a 50-year minimum sentence. Offenders younger than 16 could also spend their lives behind bars or be eligible for parole after 35 years.

In 2012, the high court said states can't automatically impose life without parole sentences for juveniles. It said states must account for differences between juveniles and adults when sentencing them for murder.

Christie critics seize on ex-loyalist's claims

Saturday, 01 February 2014 09:16 Published in National News

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie's critics are seizing on claims from a former loyalist that the Republican governor knew about massive traffic tie-ups near the George Washington Bridge last year as they were happening.

The lawyer for the former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive who ordered them said in a letter released Friday that evidence exists that Christie was aware.

No evidence was presented in the letter.

But the allegation contradicts Christie's claim that he was unaware of the jams until after they happened.

They were the result of lane closures that appear to have been politically motivated.

The Democratic National Committee says the allegations mean that Christie could be forced to talk about things other than Sunday's Super Bowl being held in his state.

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