GSA to move 900 employees to downtown Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The federal government will move 900 employees to downtown Kansas City.
The General Services Administration announced Monday that its employees will move from the Bannister Federal Complex in south Kansas City to an office building near Union Station.
The Kansas City Star reports the move to Two Pershing Square will include a 20-year lease valued at nearly $50 million, with the government receiving an $8.6 million discount.
GSA official Kory Hochler says the agency has the right after seven years to reduce the amount of space it occupies or completely leave the building.
The agency is expected to take occupancy in December 2014, and the relocation is expected to take three to five months.
Missouri prepares for another execution
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - After going nearly three years without an execution, Missouri is preparing for its second in three weeks.
Allen Nicklasson is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing Richard Drummond, a businessman who stopped to help when he saw a car stranded along Interstate 70 in 1994.
Nicklasson and two others forced Drummond to drive to a secluded area, where Nicklasson killed him.
One of the other men, Dennis Skillicorn, was put to death in 2009. The third, Tim DeGraffenreid, was spared the death penalty.
Missouri executed racist serial killer Joseph Franklin on Nov. 20, the state's first-ever execution using a single drug, pentobarbital.
Nicklasson's attorney, Jennifer Herndon, has asked the Missouri Supreme Court to intervene and says she will also seek clemency from Gov. Jay Nixon.
Mo. Supreme Court sets Jan. 29 execution date
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date for a man convicted of killing a jewelry store owner more than two decades ago.
On Monday, the state high court ordered that Herbert Smulls be executed Jan. 29. Smulls was convicted of the 1991 murder of Chesterfield jeweler Stephen Honickman.
Smulls was originally sentenced to death by a St. Louis County jury in 1992. His attorney filed several appeals but the U.S. Supreme Court denied his final appeal in April 2009.
The state Supreme Court set the most recent execution date days before Missouri was scheduled to carry out another execution at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday. The execution of Joseph Franklin in November was Missouri's first in nearly three years.
Springfield studying new graduation requirements
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The Springfield school district is discussing how to make high school, particularly the senior year, more challenging for its students.
The goal is to improve the students' chances of succeeding in college or in careers.
Associate Superintendent Justin Herrell is leading the effort. He says too many Springfield graduates have to take remedial education classes when they enter college.
The Springfield News-Leader reports the district discovered the percentage of students from its five high schools who required remediation in math ranged from 15.5 percent at one school to 36.8 percent at another. The number needing remediation classes in English ranged from 8.1 percent to 22.1 percent.
Herrell says the district believes having high school students engaged all four years will improve student achievement.
JET ACCIDENT-ST LOUIS
No injuries when jet slides off St. Louis taxiway
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what caused a GoJet Airlines plane to slide off a taxiway at Lambert St. Louis International Airport.
GoJet says none of the plane's 60 passengers or four crew members was injured during the accident shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday involving the flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
GoJet says the Bombardier CRJ700 plane was safely off the runway and on the taxiway approaching a Lambert terminal when the plane's nose gear became stuck in mud.
Buses were used to transport the plane's passengers to the terminal.
MISSOURI STATE-WOODLANDS GIFT
Missouri State receives 157 acres of woodland
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Virginia woman has donated 157 acres of woodlands north of Springfield to Missouri State University.
The university says the land was donated by Betty Jeanne Wood Turoff, of Arlington, Va. Turoff did not graduate from the university but has family in Springfield. She gave the land to the MSU Foundation, which turned it over to the university last Wednesday.
The Springfield News-Leader reports the donation requires that the land be used for education and it cannot be sold for 50 years. It also requires the university to maintain a mature Ozarks forest on the land and that any proceeds from harvested trees should be used for education and related purposes.
The land will be maintained by the university's School of Agriculture.
FORT LEONARD WOOD-SHIFT
Fort Leonard Wood returns to core mission
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (AP) - Fort Leonard Wood is returning to its more traditional ways for training recruits.
During the wars in the Middle East, the fort trained recruits in the ways that mimicked the experiences they would encounter there.
Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, commander at the fort, says the change is part of a large shift at the post back to missions that existed before the wars.
For example, the Army Engineer School will continue studying how to counter improvised explosive devices. But more attention will be paid to traditional missions such as building and demolishing structures and bridging rivers.
Smith told The Springfield News-Leader that with troops not deploying as much, the focus is on how to keep them combat-ready.
HALL OF FAME
La Russa, Torre elected to Hall
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox have been unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.
Each of the inductees won more than 2,000 games in managerial careers that spanned more than four decades. Torre became the fifth manager to win at least four World Series titles. La Russa won championships with Oakland and St. Louis. Cox led Atlanta to one championship and 14 straight division titles.
The announcement was made Monday at the winter meetings. They will be inducted July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y., along with any players chosen by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, 300-game winners, are among the newcomers to the writers' ballot, with results announced Jan. 8.
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