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Criminal code bill boosts penalty for child crimes

Saturday, 12 April 2014 10:29 Published in Local News

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Legislation to reorganize Missouri's criminal laws also would give longer prison stints to people who sexually abuse or abandon children.

Under the bill, incest would carry additional jail time in child sex crimes. Parents who leave their children without proper care could also spend a decade more in jail if a child dies or is seriously injured.

The main focus of the legislation is the creation of additional classes of felonies and misdemeanors. But a child advocate says the increased punishments for crimes against children will have an impact on their lives.

The House and Senate passed the criminal code overhaul this week and must work out differences to pass an identical bill by May 16th, when the session adjourns

2 mine workers killed in Missouri accident

Saturday, 12 April 2014 10:28 Published in Local News

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two workers who fell to their deaths in a southeast Missouri mine have been identified by their employer.

Mississippi Lime Company president Bill Ayers issued a statement saying 53-year-old John Hahl of Farmington and 29-year-old Chris Rawson of Hillsboro died in the accident around 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Hahl and Rawson were working in a lime mine near the town of Ste. Genevieve, about 60 miles south of St. Louis.

Ste. Genevieve County Coroner Leo Basler says the men were in a basket extended from a truck removing loose rock from either the wall or the ceiling of the mine.

Basler says loose rock hit the basket and detached it. The men fell to their death.

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Body of slain soldier arrives in Missouri

Saturday, 12 April 2014 10:27 Published in Local News

 

DIXON, Mo. (AP) — The body of an Army sergeant killed in last week's mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, has arrived in a small southern Missouri town for a weekend funeral.

Law enforcement vehicles and nearly 100 Patriot guard motorcycle riders accompanied a hearse bearing the body of 37-year-old Sergeant Timothy Owens in a procession Friday from Lambert Airport in St. Louis to a funeral home in Dixon.

Patriot Guard riders will also escort the remains on Saturday morning from Dixon to a church in neighboring Rolla where the funeral will be held. Owens, originally from Effingham, Illinois attended high school in Rolla and met his wife there.

Owens was one of three soldiers killed April 2nd when ano

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