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AUTO PARTS SUPPLIER

Auto parts supplier opening plant near Kansas City

RIVERSIDE, Mo. (AP) - A subsidiary of a Canadian automotive supplier is building a new manufacturing plant in the Kansas City area.

Martinrea Riverside LLC held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for an automotive parts facility near Interstate 635 in the community of Riverside.

About 290 people are expected to be employed at the plant. They will make engine cradles and automotive assemblies for General Motors' Fairfax assembly plant in nearby Kansas City, Kan.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development has offered the company more than $3.2 million of incentives through a tax credit and job training program.

The company is a subsidiary of Martinrea International Inc., based in Ontario, Canada. Matrinrea employs more than 12,000 people at 38 facilities in eight countries. This is its first plant in Missouri.

CRIMINAL CODE

Missouri lawmakers pass criminal code overhaul

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers gave final approval to the first comprehensive rewrite of the state's criminal laws in decades.

The House and Senate voted Thursday to send the legislation to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk. The measure would create new classes of felonies and misdemeanors, and reorganize crimes to fit the new penalty structure.

It also reduces the punishment for people convicted of possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana on their first offense and lengthens prison sentences for criminals who sexually abuse children.

Nixon has previously expressed reservations that the bill would do too much at one time. The overhaul passed with enough votes in both chambers to override a potential veto. Because of the vote's timing, Nixon would have to act before lawmakers adjourn in mid-May.

HEALTH REGISTRY

Missouri lawmakers approve local health registries

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - County officials could compile lists of residents with health problems under a Missouri bill intended to identify people in need of help during disasters.

The bill given final approval Thursday by the Senate allows the creation of voluntary registries of people with "health-related ailments" who may need assistance in emergencies. The House passed the bill earlier, so it now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.

The identities of people on the list would be exempt from disclosure under Missouri's open-records law. But an incident report would be made public if any of the people are involved in a disaster or emergency.

LAWSUIT VENUE

Missouri lawmakers approve lawsuit venue measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill dealing with where lawsuits involving railroads should be considered.

House members approved the bill 107-44 on Thursday. It passed the Senate on a vote of 28-4, and it now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.

The bill would apply in cases where someone is injured in a foreign country because of railroad operations. Venue for the lawsuit would be in the county where the business' registered agent is located. It could be considered in the plaintiff's home county if the injured person was living in Missouri when they were injured.

KIDNAPPING DEATH

Football coach pleads not guilty in girl's death

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri youth football coach accused of kidnapping, raping and killing a 10-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty

Forty-six-year-old Craig Michael Wood appeared Thursday in Greene County Circuit Court in Springfield. A preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday was delayed until May 22.

Wood is accused of abducted Hailey Owens while she walked home from her best friend's house, just two blocks from her own home. Shocked neighbors reported watching the abduction and unsuccessfully giving chase as Hailey was pulled into a pickup truck that sped away. She was found dead hours later in the basement of Wood's home.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the judge granted a request made by prosecutors earlier this week to add rape and sodomy charges in response to recently released autopsy results.

DRUNK-DRIVING DEATH

Man found guilty in child's drunk-driving death

TROY, Mo. (AP) - A 33-year-old Troy man is being sentenced for involuntary manslaughter in the drunken-driving death of a 9-year-old boy.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Randolph James was found guilty Wednesday by a judge in Lincoln County Circuit Court after a two-day trial. He also was convicted of three counts of second-degree assault and four misdemeanor driving offenses in the November 2012 wreck.

Police say James was driving a 1997 Ford Ranger the night before Thanksgiving when he crossed the center line on Missouri Highway 47 and hit a 1997 Mercury Sable occupied by four Winfield residents. Nine-year-old David Simpson died.

James' blood alcohol content was 0.16 more than two hours after the crash. That's double the legal limit in Missouri.

KANSAS SHOOTING-HEARING

Cross appears in court, hearing delayed until May

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) - A 73-year-old white supremacist from Missouri accused of fatally shooting three people at Jewish sites in Kansas appeared in court long enough for his attorney to request a scheduling conference be pushed back a month.

Frazier Glenn Cross was wheeled into a Johnson County courtroom Thursday for the brief hearing. Cross, wearing an orange jail jumpsuit with his hands shackled in front of him, looked around the courtroom and spoke with his attorney but did not address the judge.

Cross is charged with killing 69-year-old William Lewis Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City on April 13, then killing 53-year-old Terri LaManno at a nearby Jewish retirement complex.

His next hearing is set for May 29.

MISSOURI LAWMAKER-DISABILITY FRAUD

Former Missouri lawmaker sentenced to probation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A former Missouri lawmaker has been sentenced to five years of probation for Social Security fraud.

The Kansas City Star reports that Ray Salva was sentenced Wednesday.

Court records indicate he pleaded guilty last year and already had paid restitution of about $59,000.

Salva, a Democrat from Sugar Creek, was accused of receiving federal disability benefits while also collecting his legislative salary. He represented the Kansas City suburb of Sugar Creek in the state House from January 2003 until January 2011.

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