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Soldier sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting

Thursday, 29 August 2013 02:25 Published in National News

   FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A military jury has sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, giving the Army psychiatrist what he believed would be a path to martyrdom in the attack on unarmed fellow soldiers.

   The American-born Muslim, who has said he acted to protect Islamic insurgents abroad from American aggression, never denied being the gunman. In opening statements, he acknowledged to the jury that he pulled the trigger in a crowded waiting room where troops were getting final medical checkups before deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.

   Hasan could become the first American soldier executed in more than half a century once automatic appeals are exhausted. But the lead prosecutor assured jurors that Hasan would "never be a martyr" despite his attempt to tie the attack to his Islamic faith.

   Gale Hunt, whose son was killed in the shooting, told reporters, "Anyone who would use their religion to commit acts of terrorism serves no god except their own hatred and self-interest."

   The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has a message for drivers over the holiday weekend:  mind the traffic laws, especially the DUI laws.  

   Police will conduct Safety Checkpoints, also known as sobriety checks across the city all weekend.  

   Department officials aren't saying exactly where or when drivers might be stopped, just that it could happen in any city neighborhood, any time between Friday morning and Sunday night. 

Public hearing on City-County merger held in Clayton

Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:12 Published in Local News

   CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A legislative panel studying a possible merger of St. Louis city and county governments is meeting in Clayton to hear public testimony on the idea.

   The Joint Interim Committee on St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area Governance and Taxation has a more straightforward mandate than its wordy name: help Missouri lawmakers determine whether combining the two governments into one makes fiscal and political sense.

   The city of St. Louis acts as its own county. Merger proponents say a union could save taxpayers money and reduce government duplication.

   Wednesday's hearing at the St. Louis County Council chambers in Clayton was scheduled to last more than five hours and consist entirely of public testimony.

 

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