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Jury selection underway in murder trial of white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller/Cross

Frazier Glenn Miller/Cross

Frazier Glenn Miller/Cross

Olathe, Kan. — Jury selection for the murder trial of Frazier Glenn Miller/Cross, the career white supremacist accused of the murder of three people in Overland Park Kansas at Jewish sites, gets underway today.
Currently, under Judge Thomas K. Ryan, potential jurors are being interviewed, and tomorrow those who have not been disqualified for hardships will be called back for the second round of the selection process. Jury selection is expected to run Tuesday and Wednesday, with up to 100 potential jurors to be considered.
The defendant, Frazier Glenn Miller/Cross is representing himself before the court, with backup counsel present. The Prosecution today presented a 15-page memorandum summarizing th law regarding possible disruptive behavior by the defendant and possible effects. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty.
Miller/Cross, 73, is a resident of Aurora, Mo., formerly of North Carolina where he was leader and Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

Trial date Sept. 26, 2016 set for Craig Michael Wood accused killer and kidnapper of young Springfield, Mo. girl

Craig M. Wood

Craig M. Wood

Springfield, Mo. — A trial date has been set for the accused killer and kidnapper of 10-year-old Hailey Owens. Craig Michael Wood, an elementary school athletic coach, will go to trial on Sept. 26, 2016, before Judge Thomas E. Mountjoy. Trial date was set today, and motions to allow Wood to appear in court in street clothes and unshackled were approved.
His next pre-trial conference was set for Sept. 8, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. Wood appeared in court today with his public defenders.
He is charged with kidnapping, raping and murdering Hailey Owens in February of 2014.

Proposed education cuts target pre-school grants and Head Start
head-start-logoWashington, D.C. — Under proposed House and Senate Budget cuts, funds will be pulled from Head Start and pre-school program expansions underway to provide important early education for children from low income and moderate income homes, according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Early education programs are now being expanded in 18 States, and Arkansas is one of them. With funds cut to the expansion program there will be 14,388 children not served in Arkansas.
In the 18-state expansion program, including the states of Tennessee and Louisiana, there will be 102,267 children excluded from early education when funds are cut.
Administration proposals are $750 million for the program enabling them to add 26 to 32 more states and the Bureau of Indian Education, tribal education agencies, territories or outlying areas to the grant program. This is a $500 million increase over 2015.
Under spending bills now proposed Head Start will serve 140,00 fewer children and 570,000 children will not get full-day full-year enrollment.
Currently Pre K-12 education spending is being cut by $5.1 billion in the Congress and $3.9 billion in the Senate.
Arkansas and Missouri U.S. Senators are :Arkansas Tom Cotton, Little Rock 501-223-9091 or Jonesboro 970-933-6223, and Missouri Claire McCaskill, Springfield (417) 868-8745 or Cape Giradeau (573) 651-0964.
U.S. Representatives in Arkansas are Rick Crawford (Dist. 1) Jonesboro 870-203-0542 orr Mountain Home 870-424-2075, and Steve Womack (Dist. 3) Harrison 870-741-7741.
In Missouri Jason Smith represents Dist. 8 and has office in West Plain 417-255-1515 and Cape Girardeau 573-335-0101.
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