News for Wednesday, January 8, 2014



Kentucky lawmaker fires gun in office, calls it mistake

A Kentucky lawmaker said Wednesday that she accidentally fired a gun in her Capitol Annex office on the first day of the legislative session this week, prompting a police investigation. No one was hurt.

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Caretaker hurt trying to save group home residents

The caretaker at a California group home for developmentally disabled adults that burned to the ground Wednesday tried to beat back the flames with a blanket before dragging two residents outside, but she was unable to rescue two others as the fire spread, authorities said.

Le Batard gave his Hall vote to website Deadspin

ESPN host Dan Le Batard acknowledged Wednesday he gave his baseball Hall of Fame ballot to the website Deadspin because he detests the “hypocrisy” in the voting process.

Surprising first week of action shakes up SEC race

A surprising first week of competition in the Southeastern Conference women’s basketball team has left the league with no obvious front-runner.

Missouri State tops Bradley

Jarmar Gulley scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds to help give Missouri State a 68-65 victory Wednesday night against Bradley.

Boys Basketball: Tuscumbia 55, Lincoln 31

The Tuscumbia Lions used an impressive fourth quarter Wednesday to advance in the Otterville Tournaent.

Blair Oaks captures three duals Wednesday

The Blair Oaks Falcons allowed just 18 team points in sweeping three wrestling duals Wednesday night. Blair Oaks posted victories against St. Charles Lutheran (62-3), Priory (53-12) and Westminster Christian (58-3).

Maddux, Glavine and Thomas elected to Hall of Fame

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected Wednesday to baseball’s Hall of Fame, while Craig Biggio fell two votes short and tainted stars of the Steroids Era remained a long way from Cooperstown.

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Georgia upsets Missouri, 70-64

Georgia, last in the SEC with an RPI of 242, ended 21st-ranked Missouri’s nation-best 26-game homecourt winning streak with a 70-64 upset victory in overtime at Mizzou Arena in the SEC opener for both teams.

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Stock market's slow start may bode ill for 2014

The stock market's sluggish start in 2014 may not be what investors expected after last year's strong finish.

Ohio deal: Websites won't bill to remove mug shots

Two Internet sites that make money by posting millions of mug shots of people who've been arrested have agreed to stop charging them to take down their photos as part of a settlement in a federal lawsuit.

T-Mobile to pay customers leaving rivals

T-Mobile US Inc., the country's fourth-largest wireless carrier, is aiming to lure subscribers from rivals by paying the fees required to break their service contracts.

Stocks slip as a sluggish start to 2014 drags on

The stock market stumbled Wednesday as investors waited for the government's jobs report later this week and the beginning of quarterly earnings releases from corporate America.

Twitter stock continues to slide

Twitter's stock price continued a recent decline on Wednesday, closing down 3.5 percent to $59.29 after an analyst lowered the short messaging service's rating on concerns that its stock price is too high.

Music Review: A look at some overlooked albums of 2013

A look at some of 2013's overlooked albums, from rocker Joan Jett to rapper E-40 and the Craig Taborn Trio.

Book Review: Should we? CIA memoir reveals what wasn't asked

"Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA" (Scribner), by John Rizzo

There is a moment in John Rizzo's new memoir when the longtime CIA lawyer has the chance to change history. It is March 2002, and Rizzo has just been briefed on the agency's proposals for interrogating suspected terrorists.

Mo. Legislature agenda includes tax cuts, schools

It's opening day at the Missouri Capitol, where lawmakers are gathering for the start of their annual session.

Your Opinion: Special taxing districts require scrutiny

I would lke to shine a flashlight of public scrutiny into a black box known as Stoneridge Transportation Development District (Stoneridge TDD) and other taxing entities like it.

Your Opinion: Drug abuse education needed in schools

Two years ago, a heroin epidemic was brought to the attention of the public as well as all drug abuse issues.

Your Opinion: Make-up days offset school closings

I read Bob Ratcliff’s letter in which he stated that school closings have reached a level of being irrational and that it might be people are looking for a way of getting out of school and school work.

Our Opinion: Pessimism prevails in poll results

That song ("Gloom, despair, and agony on me") was part of a comedy skit, but we find little humor in a recent poll revealing rampant pessimism among Americans.

Despite fed cuts, Truman parks run by Mo. are open

Despite trouble on the federal level, Missouri-operated park sites devoted to former president Harry Truman are alive and well.

5 things to know for Mo. legislative session

5 things to know for Mo. legislative session

Mo. bill would cap fines levied by traffic cameras

A Missouri House member wants to cap fines at $50 for traffic offenses that don't add points to a driver's license.

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Nixon, Missouri lawmakers differ on priorities

As Missouri lawmakers convene their annual legislative session Wednesday, they will be doing so with some different priorities than the governor, who must decide whether to sign or veto the bills they pass.

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Cold plays havoc with plumbing, heating

Pipe break cancels classes at St. Peter School

As Mid-Missouri reels from subzero winter temperatures early this week, local plumbing and heating businesses have seen increased calls for cold-weather repairs.

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Bitter cold can freeze out yen for ice cream

Folks may not be screaming for it, but frozen treats remain popular

Even with the arrival of frigid temperatures and the polar vortex in the Midwest, Jefferson City residents haven’t lost their appetite for ice cream.

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Plunkett murder trial opens with taped interviews

The trial of Sandra Plunkett, 40-year-old Holts Summit woman being tried for the first-degree murder of her husband, continues today after jurors heard opening statements, testimony and interview tapes on Tuesday.

Holts Summit woman arrested for shooting at boyfriend

A Holts Summit woman was arrested Saturday after authorities say she fired a gun at her boyfriend during a dispute.

Mid-Missouri woman accused of forgery, theft

A Holts Summit woman is facing eight counts of forgery in connection with stealing at least $25,000 from her former employer.

Young Farmers groups plan joint meeting

Madisen Boyer has grown up in the Russellville Young Farmers/Young Farm Wives. As a Cole County R-1 School junior, she now is involved with the Russellville FFA Chapter, too.

Animals get helping hands against cold

In a rush to prepare for below-zero temperatures this week, a local animal shelter had to devise a plan to keep its animals warm.

Deputies subdue suicidal man

Cole County Sheriff’s Department deputies subdued a man who was claiming he was going to set himself on fire.

Missouri, Georgia open conference schedule tonight

Frank Haith isn’t paying attention. Not to the Georgia Bulldogs’ record, at least.

Polowy, Townson among McDonald’s finalists

LeeAnn Polowy of Blair Oaks has been selected as one of the 22 female finalists in the state to be nominated for the prestigious McDonald’s All American Games that will take place April 2 at the United Center in Chicago.

Amtrak train strikes truck near St. Louis

No injuries were reported but Amtrak service was interrupted Tuesday after a passenger train struck a tractor-trailer west of St. Louis.

Unemployment benefits bill clears hurdle

White House-backed legislation to renew jobless benefits unexpectedly cleared an initial Senate hurdle on Tuesday, raising the prospect of a mid-winter compromise to ease the impact of the recession on the long-term unemployed.

Temperatures hit -15 in parts of Missouri

As Missourians muddled through another frigid day Tuesday, the worst cold snap in nearly two decades was about to come to an end — just in time for more snow.

School closings, weather announcements for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

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Four area residents hurt in accidents

A Tuscumbia man was injured in a one-vehicle accident at 10 a.m. Monday on Missouri 17 at Jim Henry Road in Miller County.

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Maddux won’t be unanimous Hall selection

Greg Maddux could break a 22-year-old record Wednesday, though he won’t become the first unanimous selection in the history of the baseball writers’ Hall of Fame ballot.

Technology? Some justices want to keep distance

At the Supreme Court, technology can be regarded as a necessary evil, and sometimes not even necessary.

Lawmakers put finishing touches on spending bill

Negotiators trying to put the finishing touches on a $1.1 trillion spending bill reported Tuesday that they have made major progress in recent days in advance of a meeting of the four principal negotiators.

New prospects in 2014 for an immigration overhaul

His agenda tattered by last year’s confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws.

Yellen faces challenges as Fed trims bond buys

Janet Yellen will take the helm of a Federal Reserve facing a significantly different economic landscape than the one that dominated Ben Bernanke’s tenure as chairman, confronting her with different decisions as well.

Unemployment aid: What’s at stake for US economy

More than a million Americans lost their unemployment benefits late last month, when a temporary federal program expired. Congress is debating whether to restore the aid for three more months.