Governor to unveil plan aimed at reducing St. Louis violence

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FILE - In this May 29, 2019 file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson addresses the media during a news conference in his Capitol office in Jefferson City, Mo. Parson will be in St. Louis Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, to announce steps the state plans to help address the rash of gun violence in the region that has claimed the lives of more than a dozen children. (Julie Smith/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP, File)

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will be in St. Louis on Thursday to announce steps the state plans to take in addressing gun violence in the region that has claimed the lives of more than a dozen children.

The Republican governor is meeting with several elected officials as well as community leaders and clergy before unveiling his plan to the media.

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It marks Parson's third meeting in St. Louis this month that seeks to address the rash of homicides, especially those involving children. Eleven children have been slain in the city this year and two other child deaths are under investigation.

St. Louis County has reported two child homicides, and a 3-year-old accidentally killed himself earlier this month with his father's gun. The father is charged with child endangerment.

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