Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

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Wounded congressman sends Father's Day tweet

The congressman grievously wounded when a gunman opened fire at a Republican baseball practice delivered a Father's Day message through his Twitter account.

The message from congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana on Sunday said: "Steve's greatest joy is being a father to Madison and Harrison, and a husband to Jennifer. This Father's Day has special meaning for the Scalise Family, and they send their best wishes to every family, especially the dads. Take the time to be close to the ones you love."

The message thanked the many people for their prayers, support and outpouring of love. It included photos of Scalise and his family.

The House majority whip remained in serious condition at Medstar Washington Hospital Center. He has undergone several surgeries since Wednesday's shooting.

Newtown teacher expects gun charge to be dismissed * A criminal charge against a former Newtown, Conn., teacher who police say brought a loaded gun into school is set to be dismissed.

A lawyer for Jason Adams said Adams has successfully completed a nine-month probation program that allows charges to be erased.

Attorney John Maxwell says he expects a state judge in Danbury on Wednesday to dismiss a felony charge of possession of a gun on school grounds.

Police say Adams brought a loaded .45-caliber pistol into Newtown Middle School in April last year. Adams had a permit for the gun, but state law prohibits firearms on school grounds. He later resigned.

Maxwell said Adams brought the weapon after receiving threatening messages from conspiracy theorists who claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown never happened.

Former home of President Clinton a total loss in fire * A northwest Arkansas house once occupied by former President Bill Clinton that was damaged by fire has been deemed a total loss.

The Fayetteville home now owned by Stephanie and Robert Dzur and occupied by Stephanie Dzur's father burned June 8.

The home was built in 1957 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Adrian Fletcher Residence. Clinton lived there in the mid-1970s when he was a law professor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville before moving to another home and marrying Hillary Rodham Clinton. …

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