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  Effective safe-driving campaigns and increase in suicides have pushed firearm deaths ahead of car crashes as the leading nonmedical cause of deaths in Missouri.

The Kansas City Star reports 880 people were killed by guns in Missouri in 2013, the most recent federal data available, while 781 died in car crashes.

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Last year was the safest on Missouri roads in more than six decades.

Preliminary figures released Thursday by the Missouri State Highway Patrol show that 741 people died in traffic crashes in 2013.

Patrol Capt. Tim Hull says that's the lowest number since 683 people died on Missouri roads in 1947.