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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX.com) - With 2013 in its final days, KMOX.com is recapping the 10 most-viewed local news stories of the year.

10) Rodeo Clown Dresses As President Obama at Mo. State Fair

In August, a photo showing a rodeo clown dressed as President Barack Obama at the Missouri State Fair caused a stir on social media.

The photo was first posted on the liberal blog Show Me Progress.

“Just prior to the start of the bull riding event, one of the clowns came out dressed in this,” the posts says, referring to the photo. “The announcer wanted to know if anyone would like to see Obama run down by a bull. The crowd went wild. He asked it again and again, louder each time, whipping the audience into a lather. One of the clowns ran up and started bobbling the lips on the mask and the people went crazy.”

9) ACLU Has Concerns Over Military Weapons Used By Local Police

In March, the American Civil Liberties Union raised questions about what kind of military weaponry and tactics were being turned over to local police by the Department of Defense and Homeland Security.

The ACLU feels the surplus equipment, things like flash-bang grenades, shock cuffs, and tracking devices that are being handed down, are leading to more aggressive policing, especially in poor neighborhoods and neighborhoods of color.

8) Missouri Sheriffs Pledge To Not Enforce Obama’s Gun Control Laws

At the beginning of 2013 as President Barack Obama was pushing gun control proposals in Washington D.C., Sheriff Charles M. Heiss, R-Johnson County asked fellow law enforcers to sign and send a letter to the president.

The letter expressed concern with the Obama administration and the president’s gun control laws he laid out before Congress in January.

7) Mo. House Bill Makes Proposing Gun Control Illegal

In February, a Missouri lawmaker proposed sending colleagues to prison for introducing gun control legislation — a plan that even its sponsor acknowledged had no chance of passage but nonetheless highlights the increasingly strident tone of gun measures in Missouri’s generally pro-gun Legislature.

6) Mutilated Cows Found at Missouri Farm, Police Not Ruling Out the Possibility of Aliens

Who would cut the tongues and take the reproductive organs from several cows? That’s the mystery police in a small town 90 miles away from Kansas City had to deal with in July.

Robert Hills, Henry County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy, says the first cow was discovered in December of 2011, the second and third this summer. All were female cows and were owned by rancher Lyn Mitchell.

Mitchell said a veterinarian who examined the third cow told her the cuts to the cow were precise and surgical. Also what seems to be the common denominator of all these incidents is the lack of blood and other bodily fluids surrounding the area and inside the animal.

5) McCaskill Calls For Firing Of All Involved In IRS Targeting Scandal

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, issued a video statement earlier this year in response to reports that the Internal Revenue Service unfairly targeted conservative nonprofit groups.

“I’m mad. It is un-American, it is wrong, and we have to make sure that this gets fixed,” Missouri’s senior senator said. “There’s a reason Lady Justice wears a blindfold in America. That is because in America, we don’t apply the law based on who you are, who you know, or what you believe. We apply the law equally.”

4) Yearbook Prank Leads to Columbia Student’s Arrest

A 17-year-old Hickman High School junior was arrested May 14 after she allegedly changed a student’s last name from Mastain to “masturbate” in the 100th edition of the Hickman Cresset yearbook. She could be charged with first-degree property damage, a felony, and harassment.

The school decided against reprinting more than 700 yearbooks and instead placed stickers on the altered pages with the student’s correct surname, said yearbook adviser Kim Acopolis. The school estimated the costs of reprinting 720 yearbooks at $41,000.

3) Police Kicked Out Of Belleville Denny’s For Being Armed

Just a few days into 2013, Belleville police chief Bill Clay told his officers to get their pancakes from anywhere but Denny’s, calling the restaurant “political stupidness.”

The new orders came after a New Year’s Day clash between five detectives and one Denny’s manager. The department says the detectives were out of uniform but wearing their badges, when manager David Rice asked them to either leave or put their guns in their vehicle.

2) KMOV’s Conners Barred From Facebook, Interviews on IRS Controversy

In May, KMOV anchorman Larry Conners was “advised” by KMOV’s parent company Belo Corp. to not make statements, post on Facebook, or participate in interviews concerning controversial comments he made on Facebook about the Internal Revenue Service.

Conners wrote that shortly after he interviewed President Obama and his wife in April of 2012, the IRS “started hammering” him. Shortly after Conners posted the comments on social media, KMOV fired him,

1) Court: 93-Year-Old Kills Wife Of 70 Years Because ‘He Couldn’t Take It Anymore’

In January, a 93-year-old Kansas City man was charged with killing his 95-year-old wife in what investigators call a homicide and attempted suicide.

According to The Kansas City Star, court records state that Harry Irwin – who was married for 70 years to Grace Irwin – told a shift nurse at the hospital that he killed his wife because “she was arguing and screaming at him all night and he couldn’t take it anymore.”

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