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more than four days, they havereason to believe he is still inthe Coffman Bend area of Mor-gan County.Reinsch said the Highway Patrol is unaware of any con-nection that Adkinson has atthe Lake.Shortly after 4 p.m. Wednes-day, officers were called to a res-idence for a reported break-in. As officers arrived, they hearda boat leaving the dock area of the home. Water Patrol officersspotted Adkinson about 5 p.m.in a boat near Little BuffaloCove. When they approachedthe vessel, Adkinson aban-doned the boat and ran into anearby wooded area.Officers from the variousagencies began an unsuccess-ful search of the heavily wood-ed Lake shore, including useof a Highway Patrol helicopterequipped with thermal imag-ing.On Thursday, Reinsch saidinvestigators have reason tobelieve the suspect is still inthe Coffman Bend area. Road-blocks have been set up on allroads leading in and out of thearea, and officers are stoppingand searching all boats passingbetween 65- and 70-mile mark-ers of the Lake’s main channel.“The residents in the areahave been very cooperativein allowing us to search every building within the perimeter,”Reinsch said. “However, they need to consider him armedand dangerous. Residentsshould not approach any strangers, but immediately callus if they see anything suspi-cious.” Although FBI officers arenot taking part in the groundsearch, Reinsch said the fed-eral agency is very involved inthe investigation.In addition to the chargesstemming from the kidnap-ping, Adkinson also has a longlist of other run-ins with thelaw including charges for badchecks, drunk driving, driving while suspended, first degreeburglary, forcible rape, sexualintercourse by compulsion,and deviate sexual assault.
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percent of the federal poverty level beginning in 2014, withfull federal funding for thefirst three years and at least 90percent funding the following years. A bill filed during Missouri’s2013 legislative session by Rep.Jake Hummel, D-St. Louis,fell in line with Obama’s callto expand Medicaid. The bill would have expanded Med-icaid to as many as 300,000Missourians. It would haveexpanded Medicaid eligibility requirements to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, and it would have created 24,000 new jobs in the state. A MissouriHouse committee rejected thelegislation in February.“We rejected the president’sMedicaid expansion proposalbecause it represents a mas-sive misuse of taxpayer dollarson a program that providesinferior access to health careand poor health outcomes,”said Jones, R-Eureka.“We believe a better goal isto reform and transform oursystem of Medicaid so that itserves as a true safety net by providing our most vulnerablecitizens with quality care.“It is a goal that cannot beaccomplished simply by blind-ly throwing more money at abroken program.”Barnes filed a Medicaidtransformation bill during the2013 session, and while the billpassed one House committee,it failed to pass another. Thelegislation would have madefewer Missourians eligiblefor Medicaid and would haveallowed those no longer eli-gible to qualify for subsidies within a state health exchangeto help offset the costs of pri-vate insurance plans.Regarding the interim com-mittees, Barnes said there’sno preordained conclusionsabout Medicaid expansion ortransformation.“I think the issue of expan-sion is still very much up inthe air as to how much, and whether or not to be honest,”Jones said.He said people are ques-tioning every dollar spent by the government.“I think that expansion isgoing to have to be very tight-ly wrapped to conservativetransformation and reform of a broken program,” he said.“We’ll see whether or not weget there.”
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1029-B Buena Vista St., waitingfor Chase to return with money to complete a marijuana sale.But, when Chase came back to the apartment, he was fol-lowed by two other men — one wearing a mask over most of his face — who apparently intended to steal the drugs.Officials said Tracy Session,now 26, fired the fatal shot,and Session pleaded guilty lastNov. 7 as part of a plea bargain.Cole County Presiding CircuitJudge Patricia Joyce sentencedhim to 20 years in prison inthe case.In Thursday morning’s clos-ing arguments, Richardsonurged the jury to find that theevidence showed that Chase was the mastermind of thearmed robbery plot.“We do not want people toplan crimes,” he explained. “If you drive the robbers to thebank, you’re guilty even if youdon’t go inside.“If you’re a taxi driver, youpick up a fare and take them tothe bank, and you don’t know they’re going to rob the bank — you’re not guilty.”In Chase’s case, Richardsonargued, the crime started withChase’s desire to buy high-grade marijuana — and a planto take the drugs by force rath-er than pay for them.“He makes people think he’s going to buy the drug at$660, but he works with Tracy Session and Khiry Summer,next door, to cause the rob-bery,” Richardson explained.“He never intended to buy; healways intended to rob.“Even when he finds outthat Mosely has the drugs, notBrent Slaughter.”But King asked jurors toreject Richardson’s argumentsas conjecture, not fact.“You bet it’s important,particularly when an innocentman’s life is on the line,” Kingsaid. “The intent was a dopedeal, not a robbery.”King said the state’s wit-nesses presented a lot of spec-ulation.“Except for Brent Slaugh-ter, there’s not accusationsagainst Brandon Chase at all,”he argued. And Slaughter, who saidMosely was a best friend, wasangry Mosely had died, Kingnoted.He argued Chase had seena gun and a mask in Sessions’apartment — next door to theplace where Mosely was shot— and went back to tell Mose-ly that Sessions and Summersplanned to rob Mosely.“But (he) wasn’t fastenough,” King explained.“That’s not armed robbery onMr. Chase’s part.“It is on theirs (Summersand Sessions), but not his.”King told the jury to notethat they had heard no evi-dence “that Brandon Chase was the mastermind.”“Recognize what your jobis, act on the evidence,” Kingurged the jury.If they found Chase guilty,King said, “You’d be findinghim guilty because you madethe same dumb assumptionsthe prosecutor did.“And that’s not right.”But, Richardson alsoreminded jurors, they had aduty to convict criminals, tokeep the community safer.“When our community hasa murder, it diminishes theentire community,” he argued.
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route when work begins onthe new Lafayette Street inter-change.One potential solution would be to narrow the streetso parking could not occur, hesaid. That would use markersalong the road to limit parkingand add three-foot concretecurbs. Another option, he said, would be to close the street off to traffic during specific hoursduring the week and perhapsallow parking during the eve-ning when the road is open.Smith said he would speak with LU representatives aboutusing one of those ideas asa short-term solution to theparking issue and accompany-ing safety concerns.“Chestnut Street has beena long-standing issue,” Smithsaid.
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almost,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, aSouth Carolina Republican.“Boots on the ground, drones in theair,” summed up Sen. Chuck Schum-er, the New York Democrat who hasbeen at the center of efforts to pushimmigration legislation through theSenate.The plan was announced by Sens.John Hoeven of North Dakota andBob Corker of Tennessee, Republi-cans who had been publicly uncom-mitted on the legislation.Both said other GOP fence-sitters would also swing behind the measureif the changes were incorporated, andby late in the afternoon, two haddone so. A final vote on the legislation isexpected by the end of next week.The next move would be up tothe House, where majority Republi-cans are overwhelmingly opposed togranting citizenship to immigrantsliving in the United States illegally.Talks on any final compromise wouldbe held in the fall — if then.The White House declined torespond to requests for commenton the Senate proposal, even thoughcongressional officials said adminis-tration officials were involved in theformal drafting of the terms.Under the emerging deal, an esti-mated 11 million immigrants livingin the United States illegally wouldbe eligible to obtain legal status while border security was increased.They could not be awarded greencards, which bestow permanent resi-dency status, until the entire borderenhancement plan had been put intoplace.That effectively would give thegovernment a decade to set up theadditional security, since the legisla-tion envisions a pathway to citizen-ship that gives immigrants provision-al status after six months but requiresthem to wait at least a decade beforethey become eligible for green cards.Despite the changes, the legisla-tion appeared certain to retain thebasic contours negotiated over many months by a so-called Gang of Eight,four senators from each party. Whatever its impact on the bill’sprospects, the deal failed to satisfy a group of conservative Senate crit-ics who want proof that the borderhas been secured before legalizationbegins, rather than the mere place-ment of new agents and equipment.“My impression is this is a promiseof future performance and there is nocontingency in the form of a trigger”to assure its effectiveness, said JohnCornyn, R-Texas.Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., also cau-tioned that the highly touted agree-ment had not been drafted yet, muchless read by members of the Senateand their staffs.The legislation has a broad array of outside interests pushing for itspassage, although two organizationsobjected to the plan for changes.Speaking for CAMBIO, an organi-zation that favors immigrant rights,Christian Ramirez said the dealshould include lapel cameras to deterabuse by border agents, as well as theplacement of 1,000 distress beaconsin the desert.The ACLU called the proposedagreement a “massive deployment of force” that would be “simply devas-tating for border communities.”Corker and Hoeven both said they expected the legislation to be formally unveiled in the Senate late Thursday.The agreement was a turn in theSenate spotlight for the two men, who have spent days in secretive talks with fellow Republicans, and thenSchumer and Democratic Sen. BobMenendez of New Jersey.“We must secure the border first”before anyone in the country ille-gally can gain citizenship, Hoevensaid on the Senate floor. “That’s what Americans demand and that’s what we must do.” He said the 10-yearcost included $25 billion for the addi-tional Border Patrol agents, $3 billionfor fencing and another $3.2 billionfor other measures. Other officialssaid the overall cost of the security upgrade could reach $40 billion overa decade.Corker told reporters the planamounted to “border security onsteroids” and said it would impart“tremendous momentum” to the billon the Senate floor. By day’s end,Republican Sens. Mark Kirk of Illinoisand Dean Heller of Nevada said they,too, were prepared to vote for the billif the changes were incorporated.That brought to 10 the number of Republicans who have indicated they will vote for the bill, far more thanenough to assure it will have the 60required to overcome any attemptedfilibuster by last-ditch opponents.Democrats control 54 seats, and party aides have said they do not expectany defections from their side of thepolitical aisle. Apart from the border security measures, the legislation as draftedalready included implementation of abiometric system to track the comingsand goings of foreigners at air and seaports as well as land crossings, and arequirement for businesses to verify the legal status of job seekers. At the same time the border secu-rity talks appeared all but settled,officials disclosed changes on otherthorny issues.
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FDA allows OTC morning-after pill, lifts age limit
WASHINGTON (AP) — The morning-after pill is finally going over-the-counter.The Food and Drug Administration onThursday approved unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step, lifting all age limits onthe emergency contraceptive.The move came a week after theObama administration promised a feder-al judge it would take that step — endinga decade-plus struggle by women’s healthadvocates for nonprescription access tonext-day birth control.The administration had fought liftingage restrictions but gave in after severallosses in court. Thursday’s move appliesonly to one brand.The morning-after pill is a higher doseof regular birth control that can preventpregnancy if taken soon enough afterunprotected sex. Until now, women couldbuy it without a prescription only if they proved to a pharmacist that they were 17or older.
Feds delay requiring rearview cameras in cars
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obamaadministration is again delaying regula-tions on whether new cars and trucksmust come equipped with rearview cam-eras to protect against drivers backingover people in blind spots behind theirvehicles.Transportation Secretary Ray LaHoodsaid Thursday in a letter to Congress thatmore research is needed. He set a new deadline of January 2015 for the regula-tions.Congress had set a deadline of Febru-ary 2011 for the regulations, but they’vebeen repeatedly delayed.
Maryland ban on baby cribbumpers in effect
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The nation’sfirst statewide ban on the sale of cribbumper pads is taking effect in Mary-land.The ban begins today.Health officials say crib bumper padsoffer no meaningful benefit and posepotentially serious risks to infants, includ-ing suffocation.Maryland’s health department notesthat the American Academy of Pediat-rics, the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention and the National Institutes of Health all advise against their use.
Watchdog faults NSAbackground check
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog testified Thursday there may have been problems with the security clearance background check conductedon the 29-year-old federal contractor whodisclosed previously secret National Secu-rity Agency programs for collecting phonerecords and Internet data. Appearing at a Senate hearing, Patrick McFarland, the U.S. Office of PersonnelManagement’s inspector general, saidUSIS, the company that conducted thesecurity clearance investigation of formerNSA systems analyst Edward Snowden, isnow under investigation itself.
VA shows progress on backlog
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department is chipping away at amassive inventory of disability claims forveterans, reducing the number of claimsconsidered backlogged by about 13 per-cent in recent weeks.Republican lawmakers are skepticalthat the trend will continue, but they’vebeen unable to agree on a solution to aproblem that has become a major head-ache for the Obama administration.The VA pays disability benefits to vet-erans who are injured or become ill as aresult of their active service. For years,veterans have complained that it takestoo long for their claims to be resolved.In late March, more than 611,000 claims,or about 70 percent, were pending longerthan 125 days.
Homeless woman foundinsane in LA death
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury decid-ed Thursday that a homeless Los Ange-les woman was legally insane when shepushed an 84-year-old woman from atrain platform to her death. A jury delivered its verdict Thursday after having earlier found JackkquelinePogue guilty of second-degree murder.Experts testified during the sanity phase of the trial that the defendant hasbeen severely mentally ill for most of her life, had delusions and was hearingvoices.
More homes evacuatedin Western wildfires
EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) — Firefight-ers attacked dozens of blazes in Westernstates where hot and windy conditionspersisted Thursday, including two blazesthat forced hundreds of people out of their homes in Colorado. Air and ground crews resumed work against a 500-acre fire in the Rocky Moun-tain foothills about 30 miles southwestof Denver that impacted more than 100people. The Lime Gulch Fire, possibly triggered by lightning, threatened nostructures in Pike National Forest.In southern Colorado, a 300-acre firein Huerfano County forced at least 175people to stay at a Red Cross shelter at ahigh school.
Woman in ricin case to undergo psych exam
TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman accused of sending ricin-lacedletters to President Barack Obama andNew York Mayor Michael Bloomberg inan attempt to frame her husband willundergo a psychological evaluation.U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Cravenon Thursday ordered that Shannon Rich-ardson undergo the exam after her court-appointed attorney, Tonda Curry, request-ed it. Curry said in a court motion that shehad observed “a pattern of behavior” thatmade her wonder if Richardson can assist with her defense.
EPA won’t confirmfrack-pollution tie
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Environ-mental Protection Agency is abandoningits plan to confirm hydraulic fracturing islinked to groundwater pollution in central Wyoming. A draft news release obtained Thurs-day by The Associated Press says the EPA won’t have independent scientists review its finding that fracking may have causedthe pollution.The EPA says it won’t finalize its reporton the issue. Instead, it will let state offi-cials investigate.
30 arrested in Texas sweepof notorious gang
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Federal agentshave arrested 30 members and associatesof a prison gang on charges that that they worked with organized crime in Mexico tobring drugs into South Texas and distrib-ute them north.U.S. Drug Enforcement Administra-tion Special Agent in Charge Javier Penasaid Thursday that the sweep was theresult of a four-year investigation by theDEA and FBI into the notorious MexicanMafia prison gang.
Judge: Pair in X-ray plotshould stay jailed
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A federal mag-istrate has ruled that two New York menaccused of trying to build a portable X-ray weapon to sicken Muslims and enemiesof Israel are a threat and should remain jailed.U.S. Magistrate Christian Hummel onThursday afternoon ordered 49-year-oldGlendon Scott Crawford and 54-year-oldEric J. Feight held without bail until a pre-liminary hearing in July.Lawyers for the men had argued they didn’t pose a threat to the community,had no criminal history and should beallowed to return to their jobs. Neitherman spoke at the short hearing in federalcourt in Albany.
Obama nominating FBI director today
WASHINGTON (AP) — PresidentBarack Obama on Friday plans to nomi-nate President George W. Bush’s formerNo. 2 at the Justice Department, JimComey, to lead the FBI as the agency grapples with privacy debates over a hostof recently exposed investigative tactics.If confirmed by the Senate, Comey would serve a 10-year tenure and replaceRobert Mueller, who has held the jobsince the week before the terrorist attackson Sept. 11, 2001.Mueller is set to resign on Sept. 4 afteroverseeing the bureau’s transformationinto one the country’s chief weaponsagainst terrorism.