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People of many faiths gathered at the Daar Ul-Islam Mosque in Manchester on Friday, to mourn and pray for those affected by the mass shooting in New Zealand on Friday, March 15.
Beth Hundsdorfer | St. Louis Public Radio

In Wake Of New Zealand Massacre, Local Islamic Center Hosts Healing Gathering

Typically in the Muslim community, women and men do not hug one another unless they are married. Nevertheless, in a crowded meeting space inside the Daar Ul-Islam Mosque, about 200 heavy hearts and sympathetic spirits embraced and consoled each other in the wake of a terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. New Zealand authorities say a 28-year-old white nationalist gunman killed at least 49 people while they were praying at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque.

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Hazelwood, MO – General Mills says it's considering closing it's plant in Hazelwood.

The Minneapolis-based company is talking with two unions about the probable closure next fall. A final decision is expected in the coming weeks.

The plant employs 421 people, who make frozen bakery goods. General Mills bought the plant in October last year from Pillsbury, which had owned it since 1999.

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis police officer is hospitalized
after being shot several times in a case reportedly involving a stolen car.

Officer Robert Miller is in serious-but-stable condition and Police Chief Joe Mokwa says says Miller was shot in the back above his bullet-proof vest, and in his left arm and right hand.

Mokwa says early today Miller drove toward an alley as his partner chased two suspects on foot. At least one suspect opened fire on Miller in his squad car.

Miller managed to drive himself to the hospital.

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis city voters may be asked in the next election to approve bonds for construction at Lambert Airport.

It's up to the city's Board of Aldermen to put the question on the April ballot. The question would ask voters permission to sell up to $2 billion in bonds. The money could help pay for construction on a new terminal.

City taxpayers would not be liable for borrowing because revenue generated at the airport would pay off the bonds. Voters approved a similar bond authority 11 years ago.

Kansas City, MO –

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First Lady Lori Hauser Holden is giving Missourians their first glance at five possible designs for the state quarter.

The first lady toured the state yesterday to unveil the designs.

Coins show Lewis and Clark, a riverboat, the Pony Express, the St. Louis Arch, and covered wagons heading west.

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri House Republicans have nominated
St. Louis area lawmaker Catherine Hanaway as the next Speaker.

Republicans met at the Capitol this afternoon. They won a House majority in yesterday's elections for the first time since 1954.

Hanaway's nomination as the first woman speaker is no surprise. The Warson Woods lawmaker was minority leader the past two years and helped organize the Republicans' 2002 election strategy.

Washington, D.C. – Word from Capitol Hill is that newly-elected Congressman Dick Gephardt will announce tomorrow he's not seeking
another term as House Minority Leader. The St. Louis Democrat has long signaled his interest in running for president in 2004; but it's unclear whether Gephardt will address the presidential race
tomorrow.

St. Louis, MO – Here is a list of races of interest to Missouri and Illinois, as reported by both the Associated Press and the Missouri Secretary of State's office:

Missouri's U.S. Senate Race Candidate Vote Total Percentage Jean Carnahan (D) 907,658 48.6% Jim Talent (R) 931,059 49.9% Tamara Millay (L) 18,267 1.0% "Digger" Romano (G) 10,448 0.6%

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis public school children could soon don school uniforms.

The school board last night asked administrators to propose a plan by February to outfit the district's 41,000 students in uniform.

Some of the district's 113 schools already encourage students to wear uniforms.

The board plans to ask administrators to review uniform policies in other districts and seek advice from parents and the community. Experts say student achievement and conduct improve with the wearing of uniforms.

St. Louis, MO – Republican Jim Talent ousted incumbent Senator Jean Carnahan in the race for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat by fewer than 24,000 votes. The result of the race went down to the wire and was not known until after midnight this morning. The Missouri Secretary of State's office reports the following tally:

St. Louis, MO – Here is a list of races of interest to Missouri and Illinois, as reported by both the Associated Press and the Missouri Secretary of State's office:

TOP RACES

Missouri's U.S. Senate Race Candidate Vote Total Percentage Jean Carnahan (D) 907,658 48.6% Jim Talent (R) 931,059 49.9% Tamara Millay (L) 18,267 1.0% "Digger" Romano (G) 10,448 0.6%

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