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Missouri Worst in Nation in Homicide Rate Among Blacks

ST. LOUIS, MO - The homicide rate among blacks is higher in Missouri than in any other state.  That's according to a report from a nonprofit research group.

The Violence Policy Center says nearly 33 deaths per 100,000 blacks in Missouri were the result of homicides.  The report says the overwhelming majority of the deaths were caused by firearms, especially handguns.  The Washington-based organization supports gun-control efforts.

The report cites FBI data from the most recent available year, 2005.  Pennsylvania led the nation the year before and was second, followed by Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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