AP-MO--4thNewsMinute 01-01 0228 AP-MO--4th NewsMinute Here is the latest Missouri news from The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Just an hour and a half into 2006, Kansas City, Missouri recorded its first homicide of the new year. Police say the male victim was severely beaten, and died this morning in an area hospital.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- The man who built Cape Girardeau's railroad used to say the first train rolled into town on New Year's Day 125 years ago to a cheering crowd. But now there's a challenge to that story. Southeast Missouri State University Professor Joel Rhodes says the train was so mechanically flawed it could only enter town in reverse. J
EFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Supporters say making school districts spend at least 65 percent of their money on student instruction is the best way to fix public education. Gov. Matt Blunt expressed support for the plan just two months ago. But as legislators prepare to meet this week, criticism from administrators and teachers unions seems to be pushing it farther down the legislative agenda.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Buying stun guns and Tasers won't be a simple procedure anymore. A new law effective today aims to ensure those weapons don't end up in the hands of those who could misuse them. Missourians will now need a state firearm owner's identification card to own the weapons. (Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) AP-NY-01-01-06 1541EST