(AP) – State Stories January 17th

| January 17, 2013
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MONTGOMERY CITY, Mo. (AP) — An 18-year-old from eastern Missouri was arrested yesterday after authorities say he kidnapped his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend. The girl told police she was confronted by the man after she got off the school bus and he held her at gunpoint for several hours while they drove around.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The death of a woman found by firefighters inside her burning St. Louis home is being investigated as a homicide. The woman has been identified as 49-year-old Brinda Babcock. Firefighters were called to Babcock’s home the city’s Dutchtown neighborhood about 12:30 a.m. yesterday.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Administrators say enrollment’s up at Southeast Missouri State University. The Cape Girardeau-based university says first-day spring semester enrollment rose 3.4 percent when classes started Monday.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Missouri leaders say they’re concerned about the “fiscal cliff” deal that passed by Congress earlier this month. Former Democratic Governor Bob Holden says the agreement doesn’t address the core issues of debt, although he added that it helped the middle class.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s two U.S. senators are divided on President Barack Obama’s agenda for reducing gun violence. Republican Senator Roy Blunt said yesterday that Obama’s proposals “fundamentally fail” to address ways of preventing tragic events like the shooting the killed 26 people at a Connecticut school. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill says she supports services for the mentally ill, as well as Obama’s proposals to expand background checks to all gun purchases.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri House has voted along party lines to approve the chamber’s rules for the next two years. In a move majority Republicans argue will improve transparency, the House yesterday revised a procedure for offering changes to amendments during debates on legislation. Democrats fear the rule could make it harder for them to propose changes to amendments.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The chairman of Missouri Republican Party says he’s conducting a nationwide search for a new executive director. Republican chairman Ed Martin said yesterday that he’s already received resumes from people in Virginia and New Mexico and is looking for whoever is best suited to serve as party CEO – even if that person is from outside Missouri.

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