News for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law

Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed gun carriers can take their weapons, as the governor signed a bill allowing them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.

Child porn victim loses $3.4M award

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet.

One-stop job site for vets

First lady unveils effort at Army post

To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to mine.

4th grader sells pot in northern Colorado

School officials in northern Colorado are asking parents to take care with their newly legal recreational marijuana, after fourth graders were caught dealing the drug on an elementary school campus.

Amid Russian warning, Ukraine's in a security bind

Ukraine’s highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow.

Wednesday's NHL Playoff Capsules

Games played on April 23, 2014

NHL PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

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Mets cut down tying run, hold off Cardinals 3-2

Lucas Duda hit a long home run and the New York Mets threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth inning to hold off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Wednesday night with a stiff wind whipping through Citi Field.

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Indians trip Royals 5-3

Jason Kipnis drove in Nick Swisher with a two-out double in the seventh inning, sending the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Wednesday's National League Capsules

Games played on April 23, 2014

NATIONAL LEAGUE ROUNDUP: The Chicago Cubs marked Wrigley Field's 100th birthday in dramatic fashion Wednesday, allowing the Arizona Diamondbacks to rally for five runs in the ninth inning and a 7-5 victory.

Wednesday's American League Capsules

Games played on April 23, 2014

AMERICAN LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 5-3 Wednesday to stop an eight-game losing streak.

Wednesday's NBA Playoff Capsules

Games played on April 23, 2014

NBA ROUNDUP: LeBron James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Miami Heat held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

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Boy says he sang gospel song, abductor freed him

A 9-year-old Atlanta boy who police say was abducted for a short time from his driveway is being praised by community leaders for his calm as he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man released him.

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Tech Tips: Add 2nd layer of protection online

If the Heartbleed security threat teaches us anything, it's that passwords don't offer total protection.

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Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March

The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in eight months, a sign that real estate's spring buying season is off to a weak start.

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Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock

Apple plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock, raise its quarterly dividend by 8 percent and split its stock for the first time in nine years.

US stocks edge lower after a six-day rise

Stocks edged mostly lower Wednesday, breaking a six-day winning streak, as investors reacted to another round of quarterly earnings reports from U.S. companies.

JC street closure planned for Thursday

Beginning Thursday at 8:30 a.m., Andy Wilbers Plumbing will close West Main Street at 1931.

Mo. Senate backs potential for preschool ratings

Missouri senators have endorsed legislation that could lead to the development of a preschool rating system by private or nonprofit groups.

Russellville man indicted on federal drug charges

A Russellville man was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for being an illegal alien in possession of firearms and for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Mo. House endorses motorcycle helmet law change

The Missouri House has endorsed a bill that would allow motorcyclists over the age of 21 to forgo wearing helmets while traveling on the road.

Mo. House endorses June primary election date

The Missouri House gave initial approval to legislation that would move the state's primary elections to June.

Your Opinion: Litterbugs show lack of respect

The litterbugs seem to have been taking over this area of the street the past few months as well as the guardrail that lines the 179 ramp that comes off of U.S. 50.

Your Opinion: Concerns about county decision

Last month, I submitted a letter to Cole County Commissioners Ellinger, Hoelscher, and Scheperle concerning the controversy surrounding the demolition of the Cole County jail and sheriff’s residence.

Our Opinion: Uphill climb for public transportation

Proponents of public transportation in Jefferson City face an uphill battle.

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Getting his goat not a baaaa-d deal

Eugene senior making his mark with champion goats

Trent Kempker spends more than an hour each day at his Eugene farm with Will and his other goats, which he shows at about 10 contests each year.

Appeals court sides with Cole County Commission

Assessor loses bid for control of funds

The Cole County Commission, not the assessor, controls how money in the Assessment Fund can be spent, a three-judge appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.

'Shoe In' seeks 10K pairs to raise foster care awareness

The Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association is raising awareness for Missouri’s foster children with the “Shoe In For Foster Care” campaign by collecting donated shoes and lining the Capitol lawn with the shoes from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 13.

Serve Jeff City seeking volunteers for weekend projects

Volunteers are invited to take part in Serve Jeff City, Jefferson City’s community-wide day of service on Saturday.

'Encouraging Entrepreneurs' set for Saturday

StartUp Jefferson City will host “Encouraging Entrepreneurs” from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Capital Event Center, 623 Ohio St.

Senate panel adopts tuition restriction

A Missouri Senate committee adopted a state budget provision Tuesday to prevent public colleges and universities from offering in-state tuition rates to students living in the country illegally.

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Investor pressure pushing drugmaker M&A deals

Drugmakers eager to satisfy shareholders by boosting profits and share prices are wheeling, dealing and in one case even making trades like a pro sports team looking to shake up its roster. The moves could spur more mergers and acquisitions in the industry.

5 former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders sue over pay

Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders on Tuesday sued the team over a pay system they say had them working hundreds of hours for free at games and at mandatory public appearances at which they were subjected to groping and sexual comments, and one said they had to take a jiggle test so their boss could see how firm their bodies were.

Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans

Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own experiences and the present time, an Associated Press-GfK poll found.

Navy veteran, 92, finally gets military medals

A 92-year-old military veteran has gotten long-overdue medals he earned for serving in the Navy during World War II.

NY hospital warns after e-cigarette fire, injury

A New York hospital is reinforcing its ban on electronic cigarettes after a patient on oxygen was burned by a fire that erupted while she was puffing on one of the devices.

Feds investigating brakes on Chevrolet Impala

Federal regulators are investigating the 2014 Chevrolet Impala after a driver reported that the emergency braking system activated multiple times without warning.

Mich. affirmative action ban draws expected reactions

The U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday upholding the state’s ban on racial preference in college admissions comes as the University of Michigan has been taking steps to reach out to minorities and make them feel welcome on campus.

Court critical of Ohio law punishing campaign lies

The Supreme Court appears to be highly skeptical of laws that try to police false statements during political campaigns, raising doubts about the viability of such laws in more than 15 states.

IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 who owe back taxes

The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.

Grieving borrowers told to repay student loan

Some student loan borrowers who had a parent or grandparent co-sign the note are finding they must immediately pay the loan in full if the relative dies.

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Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying

Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday who was convicted of killing a farming couple in 1993. William Rousan, 57, was scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. He was declared dead at 12:10 a.m., Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O'Connell said.

All-state basketball accolades

Nine area players make media teams

Nine area players earned all-state honors when the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association announced its basketball teams.

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Faddoul makes his presence felt

Powers Helias to win against Marshall

It was tough for Alex Faddoul to watch. Faddoul, a sophomore, missed a month of the Helias baseball season with lingering effects of an ankle injury suffered late in the football season.

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Helias girls blank Moberly

Going almost a whole week without a game didn’t seem to hamper the Helias girls soccer team in the least.

Southern Oregon farmers divided on GMO bans

Southern Oregon farmers are choosing sides in a pair of local campaigns to ban genetically modified crops.

Helias to face Rockhurst on football field

The Helias Crusaders will have back-to-back shots at breaking off a piece of the Rock.

Blair Oaks frosh sweeps

The Blair Oaks Falcons swept a freshman doubleheader Tuesday from the Boonville Pirates.

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Sub records detailed images of WWII wreck

An unmanned submarine has recorded some of the most detailed images of two American ships that sank off the coast of England during World War II, according to the Massachusetts company that surveyed the wreckage to mark the disaster’s 70th anniversary.

Prep Baseball: Warsaw 2, Blair Oaks 1

The Blair Oaks Falcons didn’t manage any hits as Warsaw came away with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.

Prep Baseball: Fatima 10, Russellville 3

Logan Vogel had three hits, including a three-run home run, to help the Fatima Comets post a 10-3 win against Russellville on Tuesday.

Prep Baseball: Tuscumbia 11, St. Elizabeth 1

Zane Humphreys was 4-for-4 with four RBI as the Tuscumbia Lions claimed an 11-1 win against St. Elizabeth in six innings to open up Show-Me Conference play on Tuesday.

JV quad results

The Helias Crusaders were second, while the Jefferson City Jays tied for third Tuesday in a junior varsity quadrangular with Rock Bridge and Hickman.

Blues hope history won’t repeat against Blackhawks

The St. Louis Blues don’t want their recent playoff history repeating itself.

Lincoln men fourth at MIAA tourney

The Lincoln Blue Tigers moved up a spot during the second round of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Championship at Alvamar Golf Club on Tuesday.

Blue Tiger women complete Day 2

Lincoln wrapped up the second round of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Championship on Tuesday.

Jays fall to Hickman

The Jefferson City Jays suffered a 6-3 loss to Hickman on Tuesday.

Blue Tigers complete Day 2

Lincoln wrapped up the second round of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Championship at Alvamar Golf Club on Tuesday.

LU sits in fourth

The Lincoln Blue Tigers moved up a spot during the second round of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Championship at Alvamar Golf Club on Tuesday.

North Dakota tribes' oil output rivals US states

Oil production on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota has become so large that it would rank among the top 10 oil producing states in the nation, a tribal leader said Tuesday.

Oil companies fight ND plan to slow production

The North Dakota Industrial Commission is considering a proposal that would cut back on the state's booming oil production as a means of controlling the amount of natural gas that's being burned off at well sites and wasted as a byproduct of the more valuable substance, oil.

Drug firm exec gets 16 months in inside-trade case

A former pharmaceutical executive has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in an insider trading scheme.