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| May 1, 2013
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House gave first-round approval yesterday to legislation that’d let motorcyclists forgo wearing helmets on the road. The proposal would let riders who are at least 21 skip a helmet. The bill needs one more House vote before moving to the Senate.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Debate has stalled in the Missouri Senate over legislation that would reinstate a limit on certain damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. The state Supreme Court struck down the previous cap. Missouri senators debated the legislation for about eight hours but did not come to a vote.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 32-year-old St. Louis high school teacher is in custody after authorities say he had sexual contact with an underage student. David Marler is being held on $250,000 cash bail after being charged with 11 felony counts, including second-degree statutory sodomy.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis ATF office is getting its first explosives-sniffing dog. The 15-month-old chocolate lab named Andi was raised by prison inmates through the program Puppies Behind Bars.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic survey index forecasts improving economic growth for the Midwest and Plains states. The report from Creighton University includes data from Missouri and eight other states.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police are searching for a man who shot and killed a couple as their two children sat in a nearby vehicle. Authorities say 25-year-olds Qwentelia Vanzant and Jaron Syrus, both of Blue Springs, were shot to death Monday night in the parking lot of a convenience store. A 3-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl were inside the vehicle during the shooting.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a tax credit for gun manufacturers. The tax incentive would expire in six years and be capped at $3 million annually. Sponsoring Republican Representative Bill White says the credit will attract gun manufacturers looking to move from states that have passed strict gun control measures.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A suburban Kansas City soccer coach has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of attempting to produce child pornography. Joel White of Lee’s Summit is accused of trying to secretly film children as they changed clothing at his home. Authorities say they found images of naked minors on his camera.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City attorney once convicted of killing his law partner has regained his law license. The Missouri Supreme Court announced yesterday that it’s reinstated the license of Richard Buchli II. He was convicted of killing Richard Armitage in 2002, but a court set aside the conviction in 2007 after finding evidence was withheld at his trial.

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