BY Wire reports
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
1/16/13 at 2:56 AM
2 killed, 1 injured in Ky. college shooting
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Two people were shot and killed and a teenager wounded Tuesday in the parking lot of an eastern Kentucky community college, authorities said.
A police dispatcher said the shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. at Hazard Community & Technical College in Hazard, Ky.
Two people showed up at the Kentucky State Police post in Hazard and said they were involved in the shooting, police spokesman Tony Watts said, but he said he did not know whether they were alleged perpetrators or witnesses. State police held the two until Hazard police came and took them into custody, he said.
Conor Duff, the college's evening coordinator, said the school was on lockdown following the shooting at the campus, 90 miles southeast of Lexington. Police searched the school's two buildings and determined that no one else was at risk, Duff said.
Classes had resumed Monday at the campus after the holiday break, according to the college's website, which also posted that there had been an incident and asked students to stay away from the main campus.
Gunman wounds man, himself at St. Louis school
ST. LOUIS - A part-time student strode into the office of a longtime administrator at a downtown St. Louis business school Tuesday and shot the man in the chest, creating panic in the school before turning the gun on himself, police said.
Both men were in surgery Tuesday evening at Saint Louis University Hospital. Police Chief Sam Dotson said he was optimistic both would survive, but a hospital spokesman declined to discuss their conditions.
Police did not identify either man, but Dotson said the administrator was a longtime employee in his late 40s. He said the suspect had been attending Stevens Institute of Business & Arts off and on for four years and had no history of threats or violence.
Dotson said police arrived to find a "chaotic" scene with many students running out of the five-story historic building in the downtown loft district of St. Louis.
About 40 to 50 people were in the building when gunfire broke out, and police evacuated them before starting a floor-by-floor search with tactical teams and dogs.
They found the administrator, who had been shot in his fourth-floor office, near an elevator, Dotson said. Officers found the suspect in a stairwell between the third and fourth floors, he said. Police found a handgun, but a spokeswoman wasn't sure where.
Southern storms bring icy roads, flooding
JACKSON, Miss. - Winter storms punching across the Southeast coated roads in northern Mississippi and western Tennessee with hazardous ice, causing numerous accidents Tuesday, authorities said. There also were reports of scattered flooding and power outages around the region.
Tennessee authorities announced they had gone on an emergency footing because of ice accumulating in some western counties of the state. Several public schools remained closed Tuesday in northern Mississippi amid reports of scattered power outages and flooding.
Smallest state is big gay marriage battleground
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island lawmakers could vote by the end of the month on legislation that would allow gays and lesbians to marry.
Hundreds of gay marriage supporters and opponents crammed the Statehouse Tuesday as a House committee heard testimony. One rally in the center of the Statehouse drowned out some of those testifying in a third-floor room.
Rhode Island allows same-sex couples to create civil unions but efforts to pass gay marriage here have fallen flat. The state is now the only state in New England that doesn't allow same-sex couples to wed.
House Speaker Gordon Fox, who is gay, wants the House to vote on the issue by month's end.
Nine states and the District of Columbia currently allow gay marriage.
Ex-S.C. Gov. Sanford to announce run for Congress
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Nearly four years after his affair with an Argentine woman was exposed, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford plans to announce his return to politics and run for his old congressional seat.
His spokesman Joel Sawyer confirmed Sanford, 52, would announce his bid on Wednesday.
The National Review Online first reported the announcement.
Sanford's old seat is open. Its former occupant, U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, was appointed to the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the resignation of Sen. Jim DeMint.
Sanford was seen as a possible contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination before he vanished for five days in 2009 to visit his mistress in Argentina. Reporters and others were told he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.
When he returned, Sanford confessed the affair. He later called Maria Belen Chapur his "soul mate" and the couple got engaged last summer.
The affair destroyed his marriage, which ended in divorce from his wife, Jenny.
Police respond to the report of a shooting at Stevens Institute of Business and Arts in St. Louis on Tuesday. A part-time student strode into the office of an administrator and shot the man in the chest. See story below. DAVID CARSON/ St. Louis Post-Dispatch/AP