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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ A tornado tore apart buildings in Missouri’s capital city as severe weather swept across the state overnight, killing at least three people and injuring nearly two dozen others. The National Weather Service confirmed that the large and destructive tornado moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight on Wednesday. Severe weather was expected to continue Thursday as the storms head east. Storms and torrential rains earlier ravaged the Midwest, from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois. By David Lieb. SENT: 850 words, with photos, video. Developing.
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AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas moved a big step closer to arming more teachers and school personnel as a way to help prevent future campus shootings, under a bill sent to Gov. Greg Abbott. The measure approved Wednesday night by the state Senate changes the 6-year-old school marshal program that had limited the number of armed marshals, and instead opens campuses to as many as local school districts feel they need. The bill was among several school security measures pushed by Gov. Greg Abbott after a gunman killed eight students and two substitute teachers at Santa Fe High School near Houston on May 18, 2018. Abbott, a Republican, is expected to sign the bill into law. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 570 words, with photos. Story also moved on the wire late Wednesday night.
HOUSTON _ The funeral for a Houston-area woman who was shot by a police officer will held at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Al Sharpton deliver a eulogy for Pamela Turner of Baytown. UPCOMING 150 words. More on merits. Pursuing photos, video.
FORT WORTH, Texas _ Federal Aviation Administration officials on Thursday will meet with counterparts from 33 global regulatory agencies to go over its review of the Boeing 737 Max, which was involved in crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people. The gathering is in Fort Worth. NOTE: There is no press access, so story on merits only.
BIG CITIES-SLOW GROWTH
ORLANDO, Fla. _ Big cities in the U.S. aren’t growing like they used to. Most of the nation’s largest cities last year grew by a fraction of the numbers they did earlier in the decade, according to population and housing unit estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Perhaps no other city offers as stark an example of the trend than New York City, the nation’s most populous city with just under 8.4 million residents last year. Even though the city has grown by 223,000 residents since 2010, the most of any city over the past eight years except Houston, most of the growth was in the early part of the decade. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 420 words, with photos.
ENDANGERED WOLVES-ILLEGAL KILLINGS
RALEIGH, N.C. _ Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests of North Carolina has plunged to fewer than three dozen in recent years — the most precarious position of any U.S. wolf species. In the Southwest, a record number of Mexican gray wolves turned up dead in 2018, tempering an increase in the overall population to 131 animals. By Jonathan Drew, Susan Montoya Bryan and Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,150 words, with photos, video.
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GALVESTON, Texas _ Hospice Care Team, the coastal Texas provider of end-of-life medical support and care, is expanding its mission to include family members that sometimes are overlooked: the pets of hospice patients. The Galveston County Daily news reports sometimes, pet owners simply need to be reassured that once the time comes when they can no longer care for their pet, someone will step in to provide that service. By Kathryn Eastburn, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT: 1,080 words, pursuing photos.
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