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Stories planned for the Monday, April 1, 2013, edition
Published: 4/1/2013 | Updated: 8/29/2014

A.M. Edition

FRONT PAGE

COMMUTING: Sara and Rob Sullens don't feel that commuting to jobs in Quincy is anything unusual. "I feel like Quincy is a hop, skip and jump away," said Sara Sullens, who lives near Edina, Mo. According to new statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, only 8.1 percent of U.S. workers have commute times of 60 minutes or longer.

PROPERTIES FOR SALE: The city of Quincy is looking to sell some properties that it is obtained while working to eliminate issues with dilapidated buildings. There are 24 properties that the city is advertising, with a majority on the city's north side. Many of the properties were obtained through the city's "fix or flatten" program, which deals with the worst of the worst.

MO-XGR--MEDICAID EXPANSION-ANALYSIS: If Missouri expands Medicaid health coverage for lower-income adults, could it create a crisis for public schools? If Missouri fails to expand Medicaid, could it result in millions of Missourians' tax dollars going to health care in other states? In the tense Medicaid debate at the Missouri Capitol, both assertions have been put forth as plain facts by opponents or supporters of a plan that could add as many as 300,000 adults to the Medicaid rolls.

LOCAL

SUNRISE SERVICE: Reverend Ivan Greuter of Central Baptist Church stood among the gravestones and an interfaith population and preached the message of Jesus Christ. The service honored the Christian belief that Jesus died and rose again on the third day nearly two centuries ago, but the setting brought the population back to the earliest days of the Christian church.

SPROUTS FIRE: The Quincy Fire Department responded to a small fire at the Sprout's Inn building at 2814 N. 12th at 6:20 a.m. Sunday. Firefighters extinguished the fire quickly and damage was minimal. Officials believe the fire was incendiary. The Quincy Fire Department and Quincy Police Department conducted investigations at the scene.

CABARET ARRESTS: Two arrested in incident at Irene's Cabaret early Sunday morning.

MEMPHIS ACCIDENT: A Memphis, Mo. driver was slightly injured when her SUV hit an embankment off U.S. 136 east of Memphis at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

REGION

BIBLE COLLEGE: John Tomko had planned for Biblical Arts and Language Arts classes to begin in the old school, which is now called Agora College, this month. But as the president and founder of the non-denominational institution and Christian ministry worked toward the first day of school, his students and facility needed more time.

CLOSER LOOK-GAMBLING EXPANSION: Lawmakers pushing to expand gambling hope the third time is a charm with a more finely tuned proposal that could also make Illinois the fourth state nationwide to allow Internet gambling. The biggest obstacle to adding more casinos and slot machines has been Gov. Pat Quinn, who's twice rejected proposals sent to his desk. But lately, the Chicago Democrat has signaled more strongly than ever that he's more open to the idea and mentioned it in his budget speech.

FUEL EFFICIENCY-COMPETITION: You think a car averaging 40 miles per gallon is fuel efficient? Think again. A team of University of Illinois students has designed a car that could reach 100 miles per gallon. The (Champaign-Urbana) News-Gazette reports the students will present their car in an international competition sponsored by the oil giant Shell in Houston starting Thursday. The car seats two people and uses a hydrogen fuel cell. Its carbon-fiber chassis weighs less than 70 pounds.

MO--CATTLE BRANDING-RUSTLING: Hundreds of cattle owners in southwest Missouri turned up for a recent demonstration on cattle branding, which officials say may help deal with the recent upsurge in cattle thefts. Brad DeLay, sheriff of Lawrence County, said a spate of cattle thefts across southwest Missouri in recent weeks has subsided. But officials estimate that up to 200 head of cattle have been stolen in the past two years, creating a potential loss of $200,000.

MO--COLLEGE RETENTION: As part of a national push to produce more college graduates, the University of Central Missouri is launching an initiative designed to help more of its students earn degrees in four years.

RABBIT HELPERS: A wildlife rescue center near St. Louis is working to help bunnies make it to adulthood. The Wildlife Rescue Center in St. Louis County handled 1,085 orphaned and injured wild cottontail rabbits last year, all but 55 of them babies, Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis reported.

BRIEFLY: Richland Community College will soon begin a multimillion construction project that aims to match job market needs with students' skills; A Bloomington cycling group will sponsor a bicycle giveaway this year hoping to continue to "change lives" in the community; A suburban mayor is resigning after serving in different roles for more than a quarter century. Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana Wilks is leaving this spring; With much of the nation gripped by drought last year, it's wet weather that has dampened some efforts at the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois; More than 250 older Chicagoans have received an Easter treat as hundreds of volunteers drove around Chicago to deliver meals and gift baskets; The Kansas City Council is re-examining its funding request process after the city spent $15,000 for a youth event that never happened; Peter Cottontail has made a special aerial delivery to a southwest Missouri church; Ameren Missouri is experimenting with using coal ash as mine filler south of St. Louis; A New York-based nonprofit wants to turn the abandoned site of a World War II Quartermaster Depot in Kansas City into a distribution center for locally grown food.

WORLD/NATION

IMMIGRATION: Big business and big labor have settled on a political framework for an immigration overhaul. Now the lawmakers writing bipartisan legislation need to resolve the nitty-gritty -- and perhaps, keep their parties' political flanks mollified.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY DEAD-TEXAS: Prosecutors are increasing security for themselves and their staffs following the slaying of a district attorney and his wife, two months after the unsolved killing of one of his assistant prosecutors. The state's district attorneys are "still in a state of shock" after Mike McLelland and his wife were found shot to death in their home. The killings come less than two weeks after Colorado's prison chief was shot to death at his front door; authorities are examining whether links exist between the three shootings.

COLORADO SHOOTING: After a week of legal twists and turns, James Holmes finds out if he could be executed for the Colorado theater attack that killed 12 people. Whatever prosecutors decide, the tangled and bloody case against Holmes seems headed for a prolonged courtroom battle after he offered to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty, and prosecutors heatedly rejected his offer.

KOREAS-TENSION: After weeks of war-like rhetoric, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gathered legislators for an annual spring parliamentary session taking place one day after top party officials adopted a statement declaring building nuclear weapons and the economy the nation's top priorities.

STOCKTON BANKRUPTCY: For the people of Stockton, a federal judge's anticipated decision on the city's bankruptcy petition will affect their day-to-day lives for decades to come. But the Chapter 9 bankruptcy case is being closely watched nationally for the potential precedent-setting implications: whether federal bankruptcy law trumps the California law that says debts to the state pension fund must be honored.

BRIEFLY: India's Supreme Court rejects drug maker Novartis AG's right to patent a new version of a lifesaving cancer drug in a landmark decision that health care activists say ensures the world's poor get access to cheap, generic medicines; â Glee' actor heads to rehab for substance addiction; Study shows Shakespeare's lesser-known side as grain hoarder, tax dodger; Sanity issue in trial of father for killing three girls in basement; Privately owned daily newspapers return to Myanmar; Bomb-laden truck kills 7 at Iraqi police station; Pattycake, gorilla at NYC's Bronx Zoo, dies at 40; 3 feared dead as Alaska police helicopter crashes.

POLICE

VIRGINIA INTERSTATE PILEUP: Interstate reopens after 95-vehicle pileup that kills 3

OHIO-CHURCH SHOOTING: One man killed in shooting outside church after Easter service

CAT LAWSUIT: A suburban man has filed a $100,000 lawsuit over an alleged house-cat attack. William Baxter filed the suit recently in Will County Circuit Court. He alleges the feline "viciously attacked, bit and clawed" him while he cared for it at his home last year.

CHILD SUPPORT ARREST: A man who authorities say owes more than $75,000 in child support couldn't escape being arrested, despite trying to crawl down the basement stairs. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says officers found Steven Jones at an address in the Chicago suburb of Maywood.

GIRL ATTACKED-SENTENCE: A southern Illinois man has been ordered to spend a decade in prison for his conviction of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl a year ago.

GIRL DRIVE-BY-SHOOTING: A suburban St. Louis man on probation for a drug conviction has been charged with wounding a 4-year-old girl in a drive-by shooting.

ST LOUIS KILLING: Police say one man has died in a shooting near the Riverview Plaza shopping center in St. Louis.

BEATING DEATH CHARGE: A relative of a 3-year-old girl allegedly beaten to death has shouted about the suspect during a bail hearing that someone should "gouge (out) his eyeballs!" The outburst came at a Sunday hearing for 42-year-old Jessie B. Rodriguez. He's charge with first-degree murder in the death of the Oak Forest child, Gina Presley.

SPORTS

FINAL FOUR IS SET: Louisville overcomes a gruesome injury and Michigan relies on a 3-point shooting barrage as both team punch their ticket to Atlanta and the Final Four.

OPENING DAY: Baseball season kicks off with the Cardinals, Cubs and every team believing this season will be better than the last.

POINTS PROVEN: Using a putter he borrowed from his mom, D.A. Points sinks a par-saving putt on the 72nd hole to win the Houston Open and a spot in the Masters field.

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