News for Tuesday, March 6, 2012



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Blues penalty kill unit key in 5-1 win over Blackhawks

The penalty kill unit has been the quiet standout in the St. Louis Blues’ rise this season.

Chamois uses early surge in sectional win against Glasgow

It’s Chamois’ first time to the party, so it’s understandable that the Lady Pirates don’t want to leave anytime soon.

St. Elizabeth’s late rally not quite enough in sectional loss

The St. Elizabeth Hornets had the Glasgow Yellowjackets right where they wanted them.

Colts release Manning

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Peyton Manning’s record-breaking run as quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts ended Wednesday, when owner Jim Irsay announced the team would release its best player.

Romney wins Ohio, 4 other Super Tuesday states

Mitt Romney squeezed out a win in pivotal Ohio, captured four other states with ease and padded his delegate lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination but was forced to share the Super Tuesday spotlight with a resurgent Rick Santorum.

Lawmakers weigh shorter sentences

Some Missouri criminals placed on probation and parole could see shorter sentences and less jail time for minor violations under legislation endorsed Tuesday that could save money for the state’s tight budget.

Romney takes 3 states, Gingrich 1 on Super Tuesday

Mitt Romney rolled to primary victories in Virginia, Vermont and home-state Massachusetts on Super Tuesday, reaching for a decisive advantage over his persistent rivals in the most turbulent race for the Republican presidential nomination in a generation.

FBI offers $1M reward for missing American

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Robert Mueller made a personal plea Tuesday for the safe return of a former FBI agent who vanished in Iran five years ago, announcing a $1 million reward for information leading to his location and recovery.

2 dead at Jacksonville, Fla., high school

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man who was fired from a private school on Tuesday returned to campus with a gun hidden in a guitar case and shot the headmistress to death before committing suicide, authorities said.

Special Forces soldier dies trying to save NC kids

HOPE MILLS, N.C. (AP) — A decorated Green Beret leapt from the second-story of his burning home early Tuesday, wrapped himself in a blanket and ran back inside in an attempt to save his two young daughters.

8 women allege rape, harassment in military suit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight current and former members of the U.S. military allege in a new federal lawsuit that they were raped, assaulted or harassed during their service and suffered retaliation when they reported it to their superiors.

Chat room users may have seen fatal Neb. shooting

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Visitors to an online video chat room may have watched a 19-year-old Nebraska man fatally shoot himself in the head and investigators are scouring the man’s computer to try to identify possible witnesses, police said Tuesday.

‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ composer dies

How do you sum up the work of songwriter Robert B. Sherman?

Syria’s Assad determined to keep fighting

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s president defied mounting international pressure to end the year-old crackdown on an uprising against him and said Tuesday he was determined to go on fighting what he called “foreign-backed terrorism.”

Gitmo war crimes court surprises some observers

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — The military tribunals held at this isolated U.S. outpost have been lambasted as kangaroo courts, heavily weighted in favor of the prosecution. But most of the convictions so far have led to lighter than expected sentences.

Afghan president backs strict guidelines for women

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s president on Tuesday endorsed a “code of conduct” issued by an influential council of clerics that activists say represents a giant step backward for women’s rights in the country.

Dow falls more than 200, interrupting 2012 rally

Stocks suffered their biggest losses in three months Tuesday, the first hiccup in a strong and steady rally to start the year. Wall Street worried about the global economy and waited while Greece pressured the last investors to sign on for its bailout.

Streak in gas price hikes ends

NEW YORK (AP) — Gasoline prices have finally dropped after 27 days.

Where is the worst pothole in the city?

Over the past few weeks, the News Tribune has received many comments about roads in need of repair within the city.

Mo. Senate endorses open meetings for districting

New redistricting efforts for the Missouri Legislature would be conducted in public under a proposal endorsed by senators.

Mo. House backs measure to overhaul prison system

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that could shorten the sentences of some criminals who are placed on probation or parole.

Corps: Missouri River reservoirs ready for runoff

— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Missouri River reservoirs have begun the spring runoff season with slightly more space than the normal amount for flood control storage.

Branson officials fault service for failed alert

Operators of warning system that was supposed to call Branson residents when a severe storm approached say the system wasn’t turned on last week when an EF-2 tornado ripped through town.

3 injured in explosion at Mo. fireworks plant

An explosion at a Jefferson County fireworks company injured three people, one of them seriously.

Jury rules for Ford in lawsuit over fatal accident

A Jackson County jury has again decided that Ford Motor Co. owes no damages to a Kansas man who was seriously injured when a Ford vehicle burst into flames in a 2003 accident that also killed a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper.

Mo. bill would widen exemption on jobless benefits

A Missouri House member is seeking to expand a law that exempts businesses from being charged for the unemployment benefits of some short-term employees.

Mo. lawmakers push to prevent Mamtek-like failures

A Missouri House committee has endorsed several new mandates for state and local government after the planned construction of a sweetener plant in Moberly failed last year.

Fulton man held on murder charge in Columbia shooting

Larrell Montez Banks, 18, Fulton, is in Boone County Jail facing charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with a Sunday afternoon shooting death of a Columbia man at his home.

Sandra Plunkett case to be set for trial soon

Sandra Plunkett, the Holts Summit woman charged with the Jan. 1, 2011, shooting death of her husband should soon have a trial date.

Lawmakers asked to change initiative petition process

Missourians might find it harder to launch an initiative petition campaign in the future, if lawmakers approve proposals now being considered in the General Assembly.

South Callaway farmers report theft of metal gates

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Department is investigating recent thefts of about a dozen metal farm gates in southern Callaway County.

JC Council OKs after-hours ordinance

An ordinance allowing the city to revoke business licenses of after-hours clubs has been approved, but not without some protest by a local business.

Area flu outbreak ebbs

VERSAILLES — Attendance counts were back to normal Monday morning after a 21⁄2-day closure at Morgan County R-2 School District because of a flu outbreak among students and faculty.

What's so super about Tuesday? 419 GOP delegates

Super Tuesday, slimmed down to half its 2008 size but still doling out one-third of the delegates needed to win, probably won't settle much.

Chamois, St. Elizabeth play tonight in Sedalia

The Chamois Lady Pirates and the St. Elizabeth Hornets will look to advance in the Class 1 basketball playoffs tonight.

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Haith selected by AP as Big 12’s top coach

COLUMBIA — Frank Haith’s short tenure as Missouri’s basketball coach has been full of doubters, non-believers and outside adversity that tried to wreck one of the most successful seasons in Missouri history.

Monday's NBA Capsules

NBA ROUNDUP: Kevin Love had 39 points and 17 rebounds to carry the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 95-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

Monday's NHL Capsules

NHL ROUNDUP: Zybnek Michalek and Chris Kunitz scored three minutes apart in the first period, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Monday night for their sixth straight victory.

Monday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Natalie Novosel scored 18 points and Kayla McBride added 15 to help third-ranked Notre Dame beat No. 25 West Virginia 73-45 on Monday night in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.