Friday, July 25 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:44:03 GMT
President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress...Full Story >
Pressing for action on Friday, President Barack Obama urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans at home to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S.Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:33:36 GMT
French officials say that the wreckage of an Air Algeria plane which crashed with 116 people aboard has been found in Mali.Full Story >
Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and...Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:23:27 GMT
An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.Full Story >
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that more work was needed to reach a deal between Israel and Hamas for a seven-day truce in the Gaza war. Israel's defense minister warned that the military may soon...Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:09:20 GMT
The Ukrainian army has reported rebel attacks overnight throughout the restive east, claiming that at one border crossing the rebels were supported by artillery fire from the Russian side.Full Story >
Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.Full Story >
CARDWELL, MO (KAIT) - In addition to math, reading, and writing, a Missouri legislator is proposing school districts arm first graders with gun education.
On Dec. 13, 2012, one day before the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, Republican Senator Dan Brown from Rolla filed Senate Bill 75, a measure that would require school districts and charter schools to annually teach the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program, or an equivalent program to first grade students.
The National Rifle Association developed the Eddie Eagle program.
According to the bill, "The purpose of the program would be to promote safety and protection of children and emphasize how students should respond if they encounter a firearm." Firearms are prohibited when the program is being taught, and school personnel are prohibited from publicly making "value judgements about firearms."
Southland Schools Superintendent Kim Campbell says the district is in the process of implementing several safeguards on campus that should be in place by the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year, such as installing security cameras on campus and on school buses, installing "buzz-in" systems at both main offices and installing "newer, safer" doors on the buildings.
Supt. Campbell thinks the proposed bill would work well with the other precautionary measures in protecting the 350 elementary, middle and high school students who attend Southland Schools.
"From what I've read over Senate Bill 75, I'm in favor. I'm not sure if the training needs to start at first grade or maybe a little bit later, but one thing I would change as a superintendent, I would ask my board to allow us to train every year. The same training maybe up through eighth grade because repetition, I believe, is important."
Also included in the bill are requirements for teachers and school employees to participate in eight-hour armed intruder or active shooter training classes, and simulated active intruder and shooter response drills.
Supt. Campbell does not agree with critics who argue that teachers should be responsible for solely teaching.
"If you ask any teacher, any administrator, any educator, they're going to tell you that just goes with the territory. That doesn't concern us at all. We welcome the challenge," he said.
People who do not support the bill also believe introducing children to guns would only increase their interest in them.
Cardwell resident Roxy Harper, who thinks the bill is a good idea, said, "(Guns) are tucked away, they're hidden, they're locked like there's something wrong and forbidden with them, and the first thing a child is going to do is go up to something they don't know anything about and find out what it is all about. So, if they know what it's about, and they know how dangerous it actually is, and that it's not a toy, it's not a game, it's not like you see on TV, it'd be a lot less people getting hurt and shot."
Sen. Brown discussed the proposed bill with the Senate chamber's General Laws Committee Tuesday. No one publicly opposed the bill, and the Committee did not vote on it.
Friday, July 25 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:13:25 GMT
Police planned Friday to present their case to prosecutors on whether charges should be filed against an 80-year-old man who fatally shot of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.Full Story >
Police planned Friday to give prosecutors the results of their investigation into an 80-year-old man's fatal shooting of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:38:42 GMT
Two teenagers accused of torturing a 16-year-old boy inside a shed were sentenced to prison Thursday. Jenna Montgomery and Jess Taylor both pleaded guilty to kidnapping, robbery and assault charges. MontgomeryFull Story >
Two teenagers accused of torturing a 16-year-old boy inside a shed were sentenced to prison Thursday.Full Story >
Thursday, July 24 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:05:21 GMT
The Eastville volunteer fire department confirms a tornado touched down at a campground on the Chesapeake Bay on Thursday morning, killing three people. The volunteer fire department confirms three peopleFull Story >
A New Jersey couple was identified as the victims of a tornado that hit the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton. Full Story >