JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri sheriffs say they stand ready to issue photo ID cards for concealed gun holders if the Legislature helps pay for the equipment.
The Missouri Sheriffs' Association said Friday that it's willing to work with legislators on efforts to shift the responsibility of producing the cards from the state Department of Revenue to the local sheriffs who already handle applications.
Some lawmakers want to strip the Revenue Department of the duty because of concerns that agency databases on concealed gun permit holders could be used to infringe on their privacy rights.
The Revenue Department recently began making electronic copies of concealed gun permits. The Highway Patrol also has acknowledged that it got a list of concealed gun permit holders from the department and shared it with a federal investigator.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A western Missouri judge has scheduled a hearing next week to determine if Gov. Jay Nixon can be deposed for a Chillicothe man's third murder trial.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Platte County Circuit Judge Owens Lee Hull Jr. set the hearing for Thursday.
Attorneys for Mark Woodworth are seeking to depose Nixon, who was attorney general when then-special state prosecutor Kenny Hulshof was appointed to the case.
Woodworth's 1995 conviction for the shooting death of neighbor Cathy Robertson was overturned on appeal. Woodworth was convicted again four years later and sentenced to life in prison. The Missouri Supreme Court overturned that conviction in January.
Woodworth now is facing a third trial.
The judge denied requests from Woodworth's attorneys to dismiss the case and to impose sanctions against prosecutors.
Police have identified the Normandy High School freshman who died after being punched in the chest yesterday.
Wellston Police say 15-year-old Marquez Oliver and a friend were goofing around during lunch--they were taking turns punching one another in the chest. Oliver collapsed and was rushed to the hospital where he died.
Authorities are still investigating to see if Oliver had a preexisting medical condition that contributed to his death.