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MISSOURI GUNS

Missouri Republicans outline new gun proposal

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Republicans have outlined a new approach to prevent federal agents from enforcing gun control laws the state considers to be infringements on gun rights.

Under the bill endorsed by a Senate committee, federal agents who enforce those laws would be banned from future service in any state or local law enforcement agency.

The change comes as House and Senate backers try to reach a compromise on the legislation that has been passed separately by each chamber. The current version is pending in the Senate.

Supporters say the measure would make federal agents think twice before enforcing a gun control law. But the new approach is unlikely to sway opponents of the measure, who still say it is unconstitutional because states cannot nullify federal laws.

PRESCHOOL PUSH

Mo. mulls state funds to districts for preschool

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are moving to put more of the state's money where their mouths are in supporting preschool and early childhood programs.

House members this past week passed legislation that would allow public schools to begin counting some children attending early childhood education programs toward the basic state funding they receive. The measure is heading to the Senate where lawmakers have debated their own proposal.

Under the House measure, districts could count preschool students eligible for free and reduced price lunch. Unaccredited districts would have the option next school year, and those that are provisionally accredited could start in 2015 to 2016. Accredited districts would need to wait until Missouri's school formula is fully funded.

Supporters say preschool can prevent children from falling behind early.

Preschool bills are HB1689 and SB538.

LYFT-ST LOUIS

Ride-sharing service hits snags in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A smartphone app-based ride-sharing service has started service in St. Louis, ignoring a cease and desist order from the city's taxi commission.

Lyft lets users look for members who offer rides. Lyft drivers, who outfit the front grilles of their cars with large pink mustaches, are separate from for-hire taxi services. There's no set payment on Lyft rides, but passengers are encouraged to make a donation.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the program began Friday in St. Louis, with the San Francisco-based company throwing a launch party. Lyft ignored a cease and desist order from the city's taxi commission when the app went live in St. Louis.

Ron Klein, the commission's executive director, says the commission plans to be in court Monday to seek an injunction to stop Lyft.

GAS STATION SHOOTING

KC police say man shot to death at gas station

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City police say a man was found shot to death in a car where officers also found two children, one of whom was seriously wounded.

Police say officers were called Friday night to a gas station, where they found a car with a black male in his mid-30s who had been shot to death. A 10-year- old boy in the vehicle also had been shot. A 5-year-old boy was found in the back seat of the car and was not injured.

Police say the injured child has been hospitalized in serious condition. The victims' identities haven't been released.

Police are searching for a suspect who was reported fleeing from the scene.

JOPLIN SHOOTING-VENUE

Joplin man denied venue change in shooting

(Information in the following story is from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com)

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A judge has denied a change of venue request for a man accused of shooting an assistant football coach to death outside a Joplin movie complex.

The Joplin Globe reports that Circuit Judge Gayle Crane has denied the venue change for 40-year-old Jeffrey Bruner, who's charged in the November 1st death of 37-year-old Derek Moore. Moore was a newly hired coach at Missouri Southern State University when he was shot to death outside the theater complex.

Bruner is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, and remains jailed on $1 million bond.

Bruner's lawyer, Ross Rhoades, claimed pretrial publicity as the reason for seeking the change of venue from Jasper County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors argued that pretrial publicity doesn't require a change of venue, and the judge agreed.

FIRE-KILLING

3 charged in death of Portageville man

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Three people have been charged in the death of a rural southeast Missouri man whose body was found inside his burning home.

The three are charged in the death of 60-year-old of Roy Jerrolds, who was found shot to death inside his burning home in Portageville on April 10th.

The Sikeston Standard Democrat reports that 28-year-old Gunner Pind, 17-year-old Kevin Slayton and 18-year-old Cody LeGrand of Portageville face several charges, including first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

The three are being held in the Pemiscot County Jail without bond.

Online court records don't list lawyers for any of the defendants, who are scheduled for a court appearance Monday.

SEA LION-DIES

Star sea lion at the St. Louis Zoo has died

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A star sea lion at the St. Louis Zoo has died.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Bennie the sea lion died Friday. He was 11.

Zoo spokeswoman Susan Gallagher says tests will be done to determine the cause of death. She says the sea lion had been lethargic and eating poorly for several days.

Bennie was born at the zoo's Sea Lion Basin in 2002 and had been part of the Sea Lion Show for seven years. He was known for kissing onlookers, from average visitors to movie stars and Cardinals ballplayers.

Bennie was also in a 2012 television commercial announcing the opening of the zoo's then-new Sea Lion Sound. The ad won a Brass Ring Award in Marketing Excellence.

CHESTER SCHOOL-CONSTRUCTION

Chester launches school construction effort

CHESTER, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois school district has begun work to replace an elementary school's gymnasium and two classrooms rendered unusable because of structural issues.

Construction began this week southeast of St. Louis in Chester, where the elementary school gym and its connecting classrooms were condemned in mid-2012 because shifting ground made them unstable.

The condemnation resulted in more than 600 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade having no facility for physical education classes during inclement weather.

The project is being paid for by nearly $4.4 million from Illinois taxpayers and $1.5 million from the Chester school district.

The new buildings will be erected on more stable ground near the school.

MISSOURI-SPRING GAME

Zanders' TD run highlights Missouri scrimmage

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Quarterback Marvin Zanders had an 80-yard touchdown run with 15 seconds left in Missouri's annual Black and Gold Game on Saturday.

Zanders' big run came right after fellow freshman Trent Hosick found sophomore Eric Laurent for a 93-yard touchdown reception.

Sophomore Maty Mauk completed 11 of 15 passes for 129 yards while senior Bud Sasser caught two passes for 22 yards in place of Dorial Green-Beckham, who was dismissed from the team last week.

More than 23,000 fans watched the game, which marked the last of 15 practices this spring for Missouri. The Tigers next meet as a team in August in preparation for their season opener Aug. 30 against South Dakota State.

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