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The United States Supreme Court will tackle the question of whether or not police must obtain a search warrant prior to conducting blood tests in drunk driving arrests.

MODot Reports Increase In Traffic Fatalities

Dec 27, 2012
Missouri Department of Transportation

The Missouri Department of Transportation is reporting a slight increase in traffic fatalities for the year 2012, that’s expected to be about a 3 %  increase from last year.

The slight increase in Missouri’s traffic fatalities comes after six years of decreases. Numbers reported fell from more than a thousand in the year 2006, to 786 last year. This year, MoDOT reports 806 fatalities so far on Missouri highways. Bill Whitfield is with MoDOT’s highway safety program. He  says even a slight increase like this year’s 3% is a concern.

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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says badly administered mental health programs should be fixed rather than blame guns for violence like the Connecticut school killings.

The Missouri Republican blames the federal government  for  helping shut down some state mental programs.

Blunt was in Kansas City volunteering as a Salvation Army bell ringer. The sounds were a contrast to the grim topic he was asked about.

Schools across the nation are adding security or assessing their safety procedures after the shooting deaths of 20 first-graders and six teachers or administrators at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., on Friday.

The day after one of the worst mass murders in the nation's history, Americans are learning more about Friday's horrific attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and six adults lying dead.