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(Jefferson City) (AP) – The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date of July 14 for David Zink, convicted of abducted and killing a southwest Missouri woman in 2001.

The court set the date Wednesday for Zink, who is 56. Missouri has executed three men so far this year, and Richard Strong is scheduled to die June 9.

Zink killed 19-year-old Amanda Morton after rear-ending her car on Interstate 44 near her hometown of Stafford.

He defended himself at his own murder trial, then appealed on grounds that the judge shouldn’t have allowed him to do so.

At trial, he tried unsuccessfully to win a voluntary manslaughter verdict by claiming that he didn’t deliberate before killing Morton.

(West Plains) – The annual Howell County Relay for Life will take place June 6 in West Plains. Ashley Walker with the Howell County Relay for Life told Ozark Radio News more about the event, and how to sign up teams or donate:

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For more information, you can visit www.relayforlife.org/howellcomo or call 417-293-9507.

(Mountain Home) – A Midway, AR man is facing charges after he allegedly broke into a number of storage units near Gassville.

44-year-old Chris Tisdale has been charged with two counts of felony breaking or entering, felony theft of property, a nd misdemeanor theft of property.

Baxter County deputies were dispatched to the Stash and Dash storage facility near Gassville the afternoon of May 17, after the owner of the facility called to report she had found Tisdale on the premises, and that he was taking items of personal property out of a mini storage unit that was not rented to him.

Tisdale reportedly told investigators that he did not have a storage unit rented on the property, and that a large amount of items inside of his car belonged to him. The renter of the mini storage unit was called and identified a number of the items in the car. Police say Tisdale was later interviewed and admitted to breaking into more than one storage unit and removing items.

He was released after posting $15,000 bond, and will appear in court in Baxter County on May 28.

(Jefferson City) – Leaders of the Missouri Senate recently commented on priority legislation, including House Bill 116, which seeks to bar employers from requiring employees to engage in, or cease engaging in, certain labor practices.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, says that it was about time the legislation was passed:

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Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, says that, while Democrats are not happy with the bill’s passage, they did have some victories this past session:

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The last day of the session was May 15. The Missouri Senate is expected to fully adjourn on May 27.

(West Plains) – Missouri State-West Plains recently announced the creation of their first degree that can be taken completely online.

Dr. Dennis Lancaster, the dean of academic affairs at MSU-West Plains, told Ozark Radio News more about the Associate of Arts in General Studies program:

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He also talked about who the program is, and isn’t, for:

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More information can be found at wp.missouristate.edu.

Students in Amber Middlebrook's class "All About Computers" from Kids College 2014. (provided)

Students in Amber Middlebrook’s class “All About Computers” from Kids College 2014. (provided)

(Mountain Home) – Arkansas State University-Mountain Home’s Community Education department will once again be offering Kids College this summer.

Courses will take place Monday-Friday, July 27-31 at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center (The Sheid) on the ASUMH campus.

Kids College will offer the following series of daily classes for children ages 9-14, as well as an ACT Prep course for 10th-12th graders. Classes are $40 each. There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee per student, and classes must be paid in full for registration to be complete. College officials say the registration fee will be waived until May 30 for those who sign up early. Class sizes are limited.

Classes this year cover a wide variety of topics, including gardening, a writing and poetry workshop, music, foreign languages, reading, physical education, computers, chemistry, physics,

and more.

To register, and for a full list of courses, visit www.asumh.edu. If you have questions, call 870-508-6280.

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(Springfield) (AP) – Despite efforts by Missouri’s senators, the U.S. Postal Service is scheduled to move its mail processing operations out of Springfield this summer.

The work will be moved to Kansas City in July. Postal Service spokeswoman Twana Barber says about 150 employees will be affected, with some taking other jobs with the agency.

Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt of Missouri were among 30 senators who asked Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe in December to delay the consolidations.

The Springfield News-Leader reports mail processing centers in Springfield and Cape Girardeau were among 82 similar operations across the country the Postal Service plans to close.

Barber said most processing operations have left Cape Girardeau but about 14 employees remain there for some mail sorting operations.

by Jim Suhr, AP

Michael Brown Sr. unwraps a plaque remembering his son, Michael Brown, to show volunteers as they remove items left at a makeshift memorial to Michael Brown Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. The memorial that has marked the place where Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in August has been removed and will be replaced with a permanent plaque. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Michael Brown Sr. unwraps a plaque remembering his son, Michael Brown, to show volunteers as they remove items left at a makeshift memorial to Michael Brown Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. The memorial that has marked the place where Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in August has been removed and will be replaced with a permanent plaque. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

(Ferguson) (AP) – The makeshift mid-street memorial that marked where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer last summer was cleared out Wednesday – what would have been his 19th birthday – amid plans to install a permanent plaque in his memory nearby.

Braving chilly rain, volunteers wearing white latex gloves put stuffed animals, candles and other trinkets into trash bags destined for temporary storage, dismantling within minutes the shrine seen by many as a symbol of a new civil rights movement over race and policing.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about my son,” Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., said earlier Wednesday as he joined Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III in announcing the temporary memorial’s imminent removal. “We’re just really trying to move forward. It just needs to be moved.”

The homage surfaced within hours after Brown, who was black and unarmed, was killed by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. That event touched off protests and a “Black Lives Matter” movement that only gained momentum with subsequent police killings of unarmed black men in other U.S. cities.

A St. Louis County grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice declined to prosecute Wilson, who resigned in November. But a separate Justice Department report found racial profiling among Ferguson officers and a municipal court system driven by profit. Release of the report in March led to the resignation of Ferguson’s city manager, municipal court judge and police chief.

Before Wednesday, the shrine stretched for several yards on the two-lane road that bisects a housing complex in the 21,000-resident St. Louis suburb, which is two-thirds black.

The removal of the mid-street shrine and another with stuffed animals on the nearby curb didn’t come without agitation. After a prayer and moment of silence in Brown’s honor, a young man who was passing by objected to the timing of the effort on Brown’s birthday, shouting, “I hope that weighs on your conscience when you go home.” He later returned and exchanged profanities with volunteers, including a woman who struck him in the face before security wrestled him to the ground, briefly handcuffed him and later let him go.

Knowles, while appreciative of the memorial’s symbolism, recently said it has become a public safety issue – and Brown’s father said the same Wednesday.

Brown’s parents have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Wilson and the former police chief. Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown at the time of the shooting, also is suing those same parties, accusing Wilson of being the aggressor who used excessive force and “acted with deliberate indifference or with reckless disregard” for Johnson’s rights.

But on Wednesday, as the dismantling neared completion, Brown’s father walked up, toting the weighty metallic plaque that features an inscription borrowed from a popular memorial prayer and will immortalize his son perhaps as early as Thursday. Brown’s father had said the plaque would be placed in the street, but Knowles later told The Associated Press it would be installed on private property near a sidewalk in the general area.

“I would like the memory of Michael Brown to be a happy one,” the marker reads, bearing a likeness of Brown in a graduation cap and gown. “He left an afterglow of smiles when life was done. He leaves an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy and loving times and bright and sunny days.

“He’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun of happy memories that he left behind when life was done.”

(Little Rock) (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says its plan to hire 100,000 military veterans has been so successful that it intends to hire even more.

The retail chain announced Wednesday that it wants to hire 250,000 honorably discharged veterans by 2020. On Memorial Day two years ago, the company launched its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment program with the intent to hire 100,000 by 2018. It has already hired 92,000.

The executive vice president for logistics at Wal-Mart, Chris Sultemeier (SULL’-tuh-my-uhr) said veterans already hold positions in retail, distribution and management, and that about 8,000 of the 92,000 already hired have been promoted.

If the company is successful in hiring the additional 150,000 veterans, the group would make up close to 20 percent of the retailer’s 1.3 million domestic workers.

by Andrew DeMillo, AP

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says an effort to move up the state’s primary, a change in the driving while intoxicated law and a reorganization of some agencies are also on the agenda for a special legislative session he’s calling to take up an economic development project.

The Republican governor on Wednesday detailed the proposals that lawmakers are taking up when they convene next week for a special session focusing on an incentive package aimed at helping Lockheed Martin land a defense contract in Camden.

The proposals include moving Arkansas’ primary from May to March, a change in the DWI law that officials say is needed to avoid losing some federal highway money. Hutchinson is also proposing merging some state agencies.

The session is set to begin Tuesday.