News for Wednesday, May 27, 2015



Missouri governor breaks ground on new mental hospital

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and other officials have broken ground on a new maximum security state mental hospital.

Missouri governor delays state energy plan deadline

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has pushed back the deadline to craft a comprehensive statewide energy plan by a few months, easing the concerns of one Republican lawmaker who said the Legislature needed to have more input.

Your Opinion: Warning of ‘war’ challenged as ‘off base’

Sorry public, but I feel the need to reply to Mr. Horstmann’s letter published May 24 with the headline “War continues on Christians.”

Your Opinion: Unbalanced school coverage lacks character

Much has been printed in recent months criticizing the Jefferson City Public School District in your newspaper.

Our Opinion: Timely review of Capitol intern program

The unexpected often realigns priorities.

JC Board eyes November vote on school expansion

Jefferson City’s seven-member school board made no formal decisions Tuesday night, except to create a subcommittee to do more detailed studying.

Court denies early release in 2 cases

Chronic offenders must stay behind bars

People determined to be “chronic offenders” under Missouri law must spend at least two years in prison before they can be released on parole, a unanimous Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Appeals court backs Koster, overturns ruling on civil investigation

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s power to issue a “civil investigative demand,” or CID, isn’t blocked by federal law, a three-judge appeals court panel in Kansas City ruled Tuesday.

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Chestnut Street overpass almost ready to open

Laborers, iron workers and carpenters are busy preparing the new Chestnut Street overpass over U.S. 50/63 to be opened for Jefferson City motorists Friday.

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Blair Oaks students win national scholarships

Two Blair Oaks High School students were honored by the National Consumers League for involvement in a community service and leadership initiative through LifeSmarts, a consumer literacy program.

‘Free range’ parents cleared of child neglect in 1 case

A Maryland couple who were investigated for neglect after letting their two young children walk home alone from local parks have been cleared in one of two such cases.

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IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000

Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday.

River rafters discover wreckage of aircraft in Grand Canyon

A group of river rafters in search of old mining equipment on a hike at the Grand Canyon came across something unexpected during a recent trip: the wreckage of a small aircraft with bones scattered nearby.

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All eyes are on Manziel at Browns' workouts

BEREA, Ohio — Except for sporting a tighter haircut under his orange helmet, Johnny Manziel looked pretty much the same.

Vermont’s Sanders kicks off 2016 bid from Clinton’s left

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his longshot presidential campaign Tuesday with a pitch to liberals in the Democratic Party and others who want change from a “rigged economy” that favors the rich.

Police detail traffic stop that ended in officer’s death

A police officer in a suburb of Albuquerque decided to make one more traffic stop before his shift finished Monday night.

James Holmes describes ‘obsession to kill’ in notebook

The jury in the Colorado theater shooting trial heard excerpts Tuesday from a notebook in which defendant James Holmes detailed plans for the shooting and described his “obsession to kill” since childhood.

Cops fatally shoot man who killed ex outside NY casino

A rampaging gunman who found his ex-girlfriend outside a casino with another man shot her to death early Tuesday before police tracked him down and killed him in a gunfight.

McDowell plans a quiet approach for U.S. Open

Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell has heard some reports of Chambers Bay, everything from a massive drop in elevation on a par 3 to a fairway wider than a football field. Until his first practice round for the U.S. Open, he is reserving judgment. And even so, expect to hear very little from a guy who often has a lot to say.

Police: US airman shoots Walmart workers, kills self

A U.S. airman “with no apparent motive” walked into a Walmart Supercenter in North Dakota early Tuesday and opened fire with a handgun, killing one worker and injuring a second before turning the gun on himself, police said.

Navy divers to help raise confederate warship artifacts

The Navy is preparing to send one of its premier diving teams to Georgia to help salvage a Confederate warship from the depths of the Savannah River.

Mariota shows command in workout with Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Marcus Mariota never had to worry about huddling up to call plays at Oregon — he and the Ducks simply glanced to the sideline for what to run next.

South Korean basketball coach suspected of fixing games

South Korean police say they plan to question a high-profile professional basketball coach about allegations that he manipulated games he coached to make money from gambling.

Fewer students study botany, more plant collections closing

The teeming plant world could become a virtual mystery in the coming decades as college students increasingly shy away from studying botany and universities across the U.S. shutter their long-standing herbaria.

3 burglars share tips of trade in crime prevention video

Police looking to educate the public about ways to prevent break-ins turned to the experts — a trio of convicted burglars.

Warriors try again to close out Rockets, reach NBA Finals

One play. One fall. One bad break.

Scientists reveal Washington state’s first dinosaur

Scientists say they’ve discovered Washington state’s first dinosaur fossil.

Nadal requests chair umpire not work his matches

Rafael Nadal has asked the ATP that chair umpire Carlos Bernardes not be assigned to his matches for the time being because of a dispute between the two at a tournament in February.

Girls tackle football league formed in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — The first known all-girls tackle football league has been formed in Utah featuring a star player who earned an invitation to the Super Bowl three years ago thanks to a highlight video of her exploits against boys.

Militants lay siege to guesthouse in Afghanistan’s capital

Heavy gunfire and explosions echoed through an upscale neighborhood in Afghanistan’s capital late Tuesday night, as police surrounded a guesthouse popular with foreigners thought to be under attack by insurgents.

MLB pitchers wanting to get a grip

Yankees manager Joe Girardi thinks Major League Baseball should avoid the sticky situation of pitchers being caught using foreign substances to get better grips on the ball by providing the tacky stuff for them.

Injuries, division rivals have Tigers in unfamiliar territory

Justin Verlander hasn’t appeared in a single game. Victor Martinez has hit only one home run, and Anibal Sanchez has allowed 11.

Iraq begins operation to oust Islamic State from Anbar

Iraq vowed Tuesday to retake Anbar province — now mostly held by the Islamic State — by launching a large-scale military operation less than two weeks after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of the extremists in the provincial capital of Ramadi.

Malaysian forensics teams dig up graves at traffickers’ camp

Malaysian forensics teams exhumed a body from a shallow grave Tuesday at an abandoned jungle camp used by human traffickers, the first of what police predicted would be more grim findings as they search through a cluster of illicit hideouts near the border with Thailand.

Swiss police detain soccer officials ahead of FIFA congress

Six soccer officials were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich.

EU to relocate 40,000 immigrants within union

The European Union will seek to shift the migration burden away from Italy and Greece by relocating 40,000 asylum seekers to other EU countries, according to a draft document seen by the Associated Press Tuesday.

Ducks defenders giving Blackhawks fits

Anaheim stars Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler are drawing a lot of attention in the Western Conference finals. When the Ducks’ defensemen join the attack, it presents a big problem for the Chicago Blackhawks.

SEC has new rules to help with concussions

DESTIN, Fla. — The Southeastern Conference is taking steps to better identify concussions.

Taco Bell, Pizza Hut: Artificial ingredients getting booted

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they’re getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing.

Deal reached to clean up radioactive sludge at nuclear site

An agreement has been reached to clean up a radioactive basin on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site, two federal agencies said Tuesday.

U.S. Open toughest of four majors to qualify for

The names of golf’s two oldest championships are similar, and so are the concepts.

Swedish student who vanished in 1982 matched to bones in US

Bones found in the San Francisco Bay Area are those of a Swedish exchange student who disappeared more than 30 years ago, authorities said Monday.

Survey says Liam Neeson is big ad man

Ad executives looking for a celebrity to endorse their product can’t do much better than actor Liam Neeson.

Sock posts upset on clay in Paris

Ah, the French Open, the time of year when a certain question is asked repeatedly by American tennis fans: Why can’t the country’s players, particularly the men, find success on red clay?

By the numbers: Severe weather in Texas, Oklahoma, Mexico

The weekend’s severe weather left behind a trail of destruction stretching from Oklahoma to Texas and a border town in Mexico, including heavy flooding and a deadly tornado.