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Debating concealed guns on campus

Four months after a mentally ill gunman wounded three students at Florida State University, state legislators are considering a bill that would allow concealed-weapon permit holders to carry their weapons onto public university and college campuses.

Supporters, including the National Rifle Association, say permit holders shouldn't be forced to abandon their weapons simply because they walk onto a campus. They point out that permit holders must be at least 21, pass a background check, and take a safety class or have served honorably in the military.

State Rep. Greg Steube, the bill's sponsor, said an armed student or employee may have been able to stop former student Myron May's Nov. 20 shooting rampage.

Opponents include the 12 public university presidents, the campus police chiefs, and the system's board of governors. - AP

POW finally buried

A horse-drawn caisson brought the remains of an Army corporal who died while a prisoner of war in North Korea to his final resting place on Saturday. The remains of Army Cpl. Floyd J.R. Jackson were returned to Colorado on Thursday after he was identified using DNA from relatives. Jackson was reported kidnapped in 1950 when his team was attacked by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces near Chosin Reservoir. A returning service member told U.S. officials that Jackson died in 1951 in an enemy prisoner of war camp. - AP

Baby rescued

Police say a 25-year-old woman was found dead and her 18-month-old daughter was found alive inside a car that crashed into a Utah river and wasn't discovered until more than 13 hours later. The girl was flown to a Salt Lake City hospital in an unknown condition. Their names weren't immediately released. - AP