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JEFFERSON CITY — Reining in a wide-open Missouri school transfer law could involve first trying to get students into a better school located in their struggling school district if there is space. Missouri's current law requires districts without state accreditation to pay tuition and provide transportation for students to transfer to an accredited school in the same county or a bordering one. Lawmakers would control out-of-district transfers by redirecting students first from struggling schools to high-performing ones in the same district. By Chris Blank. SENT: 638 words.



SPRINGFIELD — The artwork of a southwest Missouri man who spent most of his life in a mental hospital is returning to Springfield, where decades ago it was found discarded in a trash heap. James Edward Deeds, who died in 1987, spent most of his life in a mental hospital in Nevada, Mo., where he also created 283 drawings on hospital ledger paper, The Springfield News-Leader reported. SENT: 405 words.


OLATHE, Kan. — The Kansas chapter of the American Heart Association claims state health officials aren't acting quickly enough to require a screening test that could save newborn babies' lives. The screening, called a pulse oximetry test, measures a baby's oxygen level and can help identify congenital heart defects, which usually require surgery or other interventions early in life. SENT: 500 words.


KIRKWOOD — The nephew of a Missouri man who killed five people at a suburban St. Louis city council meeting is running for a seat on that same governing body. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Jayson Thornton says he doesn't want Kirkwood to be known only for the Feb. 7, 2008, massacre in which his uncle, Charles "Cookie" Thornton stormed into the council chamber and started shooting. SENT: 400 words.


TOPEKA, Kan. — A Kansas couple and their four newly adopted children have made it home after a grueling trip to Ukraine, where civil unrest delayed their return for weeks. Don and Lisa Jenkins arrived in Ukraine on Feb. 2 and had hoped to finalize the adoptions of their four children by Valentine's Day. Those plans came to a halt when thousands of people took to the streets to protest the government's movement toward Russia. The landed in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday night. SENT: 360 words.


FORT SCOTT, Kan. — When Savannah Schwab was a young child in Fort Scott, she knew of her grandfather only as a mail carrier from Nebraska, not a World War II hero. Only later did she learn that 1st Lt. Donald K. Schwab of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division single-handedly knocked out a German machine gun position on a French battlefield in 1944. So, for her government class at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo., she began a project documenting her late grandfather's exploits. SENT: 560 words.


BILLINGS, Mont. — Authorities have filed a petition seeking to have a Montana man committed to a government psychiatric hospital after he was found incompetent to stand trial in a triple murder that roiled the Crow Indian Reservation. Sheldon Bernard Chase, 24, was charged with shooting his grandmother, cousin and his cousin's boyfriend after an argument at their home in a rural area of the reservation near Lodge Grass. The killings reverberated through the close-knit tribal community where Chase and the victims were widely known. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 635 words.

AP Photos MTHO101, MTBIL101.


— QUADRUPLE FATALITY — Four central Missouri residents are dead after their car went off the side of the highway, struck a ditch and tree and became engulfed in flames.



ST. LOUIS — Wichita State's still perfect. And proudly awaiting a No. 1 seed. After the nation's only unbeaten made another put-away run in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title game, guard Fred VanVleet fired back at doubters who cast aspersions on a schedule ranked 113th in the nation. By Sports Writer R.B. Fallstrom. SENT: 770 words.

AP Photos MOBB102, MOBB101.


AMHERST, Mass. — Jordair Jett scored on a driving layup with 3 seconds to play and No. 17 Saint Louis snapped a three-game losing streak with a 64-62 victory over Massachusetts on Sunday as the Billikens won the Atlantic 10 regular season title outright for the second straight season. Jett finished with 17 points, including the Billikens' last six of the game. Saint Louis (26-5, 13-3 A-10) got its final possession on a jump ball call with 36.4 seconds left. Jett dribbled out the clock near midcourt before starting in the game-winning drive. By Sarah Moomaw. SENT: 345 words.

AP Photos MASS102, MASS101.


VIERA, Fla. — As he warmed up in the bullpen for his second spring training start, Stephen Strasburg felt strong. Perhaps a little too strong. The right-hander overcame a shaky first inning and the Washington Nationals' offense came up big again in an 11-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. By Carl Kotala. SENT: 588 words.


JUPITER, Fla. — The St. Louis Cardinals signed Cuban free agent shortstop Aledmys Diaz to a major league contract and he'll report to spring training on Monday. The Cardinals were among a number of teams, including the Yankees, who held private workouts for the right-handed hitting Diaz and the deal is believed to be for $15-20 million for four years. SENT: 235 words.


SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Royals finish up a rough week in which they learned pitcher Luke Hochevar would require Tommy John surgery by playing the Rockies in a Cactus League game. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts 3 p.m. CST.


ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild introduce new acquisitions Matt Moulson, Cody McCormick and Ilya Bryzgalov to their fans for the first time since the two trades they made this week for the playoff push. They host the mighty St. Louis Blues, a possible first-round foe. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CDT.

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