News for Friday, May 16, 2014

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Your Opinion: School district not trustworthy for wise funding decisions

I am left in a quandary — I recognize needs of students for safe facilities that promote learning. However, I do not trust current leaders to make wise decisions.

Friday's National League Capsules

Games played on May 16, 2014

NATIONAL LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Alfredo Simon allowed five hits over 7 2-3 strong innings, Devin Mesoraco hit a three-run homer and the Cincinnati Reds beat the struggling Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 on Friday night.

Friday's American League Capsules

Games played on May 16, 2014

AMERICAN LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Drew Hutchison outdueled Yu Darvish and Melky Cabrera hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

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Craig, Lynn lead Cardinals past Braves

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos and manager Mike Matheny were ejected at the end of the fourth inning of Friday night's game with the Atlanta Braves.

South Koreans see lax safety beyond ferry sinking

What does a sudden South Korean media obsession with cars parked next to fire hydrants, and construction workers neglecting to wear hard hats, have to do with the country’s worst disaster in years? It’s a sign of a nation that has been jolted into thinking about safety.

Turkey mine survivor blames company for tragedy

A survivor of Turkey’s worst mining disaster that killed at least 292 people accused mining company officials of negligence, saying Friday outdated oxygen masks were handed out after the explosion and inspections weren’t thorough enough.

Cuba mobile email experiment causes chaos

On an island where most people have no Internet access, the arrival of mobile phone email service was embraced with joy.

Friday's WNBA Capsules

Games played on May 16, 2014

WNBA ROUNDUP: Finals MVP Maya Moore had 34 points and nine rebounds and the defending champion Minnesota Lynx opened the WNBA season with an 89-77 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.

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Tillman goes distance in Orioles' 4-0 win over KC

Chris Tillman tossed his first career shutout, Nelson Cruz drove in two runs and the Baltimore Orioles grinded out a 4-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Friday's Golf Capsules

Tournaments played on May 16, 2014

GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Brendon Todd birdied his final two holes Friday to take a two-stroke lead after two rounds at the Byron Nelson Championship.

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Oprah's network postpones Sam documentary

The planned documentary by the Oprah Winfrey Network on Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, has been postponed.

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Nixon: Missouri lawmakers busted state budget

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the budget passed by lawmakers is severely out of balance because of a "cavalcade of special-interest tax breaks" passed on the final day of the session.

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Missouri lawmakers wrap up annual session

Missouri lawmakers gave the OK for teachers to carry guns in the classroom Friday as they closed out a historic session in which they cut income tax rates for the first time in nearly a century, approved one of the nation's longest abortion waiting periods and overhauled the state's criminal laws for the first time in decades.

Missouri lawmakers fall short on gun nullification

Missouri's legislative session has come to a close with lawmakers failing to pass a highly-publicized measure that sought to nullify some federal gun laws.

A scorecard for Missouri's 2014 Legislature

Missouri lawmakers had a deadline of 6 p.m. Friday deadline to pass legislation during their annual session. Here's a look at some of the bills that passed and others that failed.

Missouri lawmakers seek more power in budget cuts

Missouri lawmakers are asking voters to give them more power to overrule budget cuts made by governors.

Lawmakers pass measure offering sales tax breaks

Missouri lawmakers have sent Gov. Jay Nixon a bill providing sales tax breaks for fitness centers, data storage centers and electrical utilities.

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GM is fined $35 million over deadly defect

Federal safety regulators slapped General Motors with a record $35 million fine Friday for taking more than a decade to disclose an ignition-switch defect in millions of cars that has been linked to at least 13 deaths.

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Former Anheuser-Busch VP loses discrimination suit

Anheuser-Busch did not discriminate against a former executive by paying her significantly less than a male predecessor, a jury in St. Louis decided Friday.

Bond plan approved, includes new Fulton State Hospital

Missouri lawmakers pass plan on final day

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a $600 million bonding plan for improvements and repairs at state facilities and college campuses.

Mel Gibson's domestic violence conviction vacated

A Los Angeles court has vacated Mel Gibson's misdemeanor domestic violence battery conviction in a case filed after a highly publicized fight with his ex-girlfriend.

Missouri seeks to limit booking photos websites

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation targeting commercial websites that post police booking photos and charge people to have the mugshots removed.

Missouri bill grants access to experimental drugs

Missouri lawmakers have passed a measure intended to make it easier for people with terminal illnesses to try experimental drugs.

Watergate conspirator Jeb Stuart Magruder dies

Jeb Stuart Magruder, a Watergate conspirator-turned-minister who claimed in later years to have heard President Richard Nixon order the infamous break-in, has died. He was 79.

Royals make roster moves

Add pitcher, designate Maxwell

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Royals selected the contract of right-hander Casey Coleman from Triple-A Omaha and designated outfielder Justin Maxwell for assignment before Friday night's game against Baltimore.

Missouri lawmakers pass gun rights legislation

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that could allow specially trained teachers and other school personnel to carry concealed weapons.

Missouri lawmakers pass university funding changes

Missouri's public universities and community colleges would need to implement performance-based funding under legislation given final approval by the Legislature.

Missouri lawmakers endorse privacy measure

Missouri lawmakers are referring to the ballot a constitutional amendment that supporters say will boost electronic privacy protections.

Missouri lawmakers pass criminal code fix

Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor a bill to correct some mistakes in a massive overhaul of the state's criminal code that became law this week.

Lawmakers approve state funding for preschool

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that could allow some state funding for preschool.

City begins internal search for fire chief

Jefferson City officials have begun the search for a new fire chief, but are looking only at current city employees — at least for now.

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Raise a few million glasses

Water tower’s bowl hoisted

Construction crews began raising the “bowl” on Missouri American Water’s new Jefferson City water tank Thursday morning.

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Activists stage 72-hour ‘women’s filibuster’

Filibusters don’t generally end with hugs in the Missouri legislature, but tired activists brought 72 hours of testimony to a close with cheers and embraces. The activists had united to urge a veto of HB 1307, which would triple the mandatory waiting period for abortions.

P&Z approves plans for adult day care

Facility to provide care, job training for adults with disabilities

The Jefferson City Planing and Zoning Commission has approved a rezoning plan to allow an adult day care that will provide care and job training for adults with disabilities.

Henley man receives probation in domestic assault case

A Henley man was placed on five years supervised probation for pleading guilty to a charge of second-degree domestic assault from March 2013.

Man receives probation on drug charge

A Jefferson City man was placed on five years supervised probation for pleading guilty to a charge of distribution of a controlled substance after finding several pounds of marijuana and thousands of dollars in the man’s car and home in November 2012.

State association honors JC school board

The Jefferson City Board of Education has been recognized for excellence in governance by the Missouri School Boards Association.

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Crusaders baseball has positive finish

Helias beats Smith-Cotton to end regular season

The Helias Crusaders start Class 5 District 9 Tournament play today in Columbia. They’re going into it with a positive feeling.

Middle schools run for the Red Baton

Lewis and Clark athletes edge Thomas Jefferson in track and field

Lewis and Clark edged Thomas Jefferson to win the annual Run For The Red Baton Meet on Thursday.

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Rush Limbaugh wins children's book award

Rush Limbaugh has won a children's book prize designed to be chosen by kids themselves. But that doesn't mean all of his voters were young people.

FEMA to assess storm damage in Orrick

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will have a team in Orrick on Friday to assess damage left behind from Saturday's EF2 tornado.