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Education
9:08 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Kirksville Public Schools install panic buttons after Newtown shooting

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Calling the police is now as easy as pushing a button in Kirksville Public Schools.

A day away from the two-month anniversary of a Newtown, Conn. shooting that left 20 elementary students and six teachers dead, Kirksville’s school board president Neal Chamberlain said he is more confident than ever in the safety at district schools.

“For a small community, I think we really are trying hard to provide a quality education for our kids," Chamberlain said. “One component of that is making sure we have safe places and good places for our kids to get that education.”

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Politics
1:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Is Missouri on board with Obama's new gun proposals?

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Gun control is going to be at the top of President Obama’s agenda this year, and Missouri’s US Senators are divided on what to do about it.

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Politics
8:12 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Closing the 'gun show loophole': Mo. legislators put guns on the agenda

Missouri State House member Stacey Newman, a Democrat, plans to file legislation that would close a so-called
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In the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Missouri lawmakers will have competing gun proposals when they convene next month for the 2013 regular session.  They include one that would require background checks for anyone who buys a firearm at gun shows. 

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Crime
8:52 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Governor Nixon calls for moment of silence in remembrance of Newtown

Governor Jay Nixon urged Missourians today to pause today to remember the victims of the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

McCaskill urges NRA to help stop future mass shootings

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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is circulating an online petition urging the National Rifle Association to "make their voice a part of the solution" to prevent future mass killings like the one last week in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Crime
2:52 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Politics, not massacres, drives gun sales

Shoppers perusing firearms at a Cabela's.
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After the mass shootings in Auoroa, Colo., last summer, the media were flush with articles noting huge runs on guns and spikes in the numbers of background checks associated with firearm purchases.

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Education
1:50 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Columbia schools under heightened security Friday amid rumors

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Superintendent Chris Belcher says Columbia Public Schools will be under heightened security tomorrow following rumors and chatter about a possible planned violent act at one of the district’s schools. In a letter to parents today, Belcher said the district and the Columbia Police Department have investigated the rumors and can’t find any credible evidence.

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Politics
4:59 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Missouri lawmakers propose allowing some teachers to carry guns

The Missouri House approved legislation changing the way school districts handle teacher layoffs.
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Hear Marshall Griffin's newscast report on the proposal to allow some teachers to carry firearms:

More than two dozen Missouri lawmakers are backing legislation that would allow teachers and administrators with concealed gun permits to carry weapons in schools.

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Politics
8:42 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Missouri officials engage in gun control discussion, following Newtown tragedy

More guns in schools is the recommendation of Republican state Representative Stanley Cox, of Sedalia. The national debate about guns and school safety is echoed by Missouri politicians.
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The national discussion about gun control following the Newtown, Conn. shootings that killed 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, is also playing out in Missouri.

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Sandy Hook Elementary School
2:32 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Memorial service on MU campus honors Newtown victims

A memorial service for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on the University of Missouri campus, December 17, 2012
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More than two hundred people took part in a short memorial service on the University of Missouri campus this afternoon to honor the victims of the Newton, CT mass shooting.

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Crime
6:26 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Funerals Begin In Newtown, Investigation Continues

Stuffed animals and a sign calling for prayer lay at the base of a tree near the Newtown Village Cemetery in Newtown, Conn., on Monday, in remembrance of the victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 2:10 pm

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Six-year-olds Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner — two of the 20 first-graders killed Friday when a gunman stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. — are to be remembered at funeral services this afternoon.

Jack loved sports and was said to be a big fan of New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who wrote the boy's name on the cleats — along with the words "My Hero" — he wore Sunday.

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Crime
11:11 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Will Newtown Killings Shift Public's Attitude On Guns?

A gun shop in Glendale, Calif.
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Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:22 am

The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., will surely spur pollsters to ask Americans again about guns, gun ownership, gun laws and the Second Amendment.

If recent experience is a good guide, public opinion may not shift too much.

Pew Research Center writes that:

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Crime
3:34 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Small Town Tries To Cope With Unimaginable Tragedy

Mourners gather for a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn., on Friday night.
Andrew Gombert AP

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 12:43 pm

Newtown, Conn., is a white-collar community an hour and a half northeast of New York City. It's the kind of place where crime is rare and the biggest thing that happens each year is the Labor Day parade.

Now the peace and quiet has been shattered, and residents are trying to make sense of what's happened.

Hours after the shootings that left so many people dead, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church opened its doors for a prayer vigil. People filed through the streets and past houses decorated with Christmas lights.

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