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White House spokesman Jay Carney said Mr. Netanyahu expressed appreciation for U.S. funding for a military weapons system that has intercepted several rockets aimed at Israeli communities.


Longtime lawmaker Volkmer dies at 80

HANNIBAL | Harold L. Volkmer, a 10-term Democratic congressman from northeast Missouri, has died. He was 80.

The James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, says Mr. Volkmer died Saturday after several bouts of pneumonia.

Mr. Volkmer served in the Missouri Legislature before being elected to Congress in 1976. He served on several House committees, including Judiciary and Agriculture, and chaired the Agriculture subcommittee on small farms and forests.

Sen. Thomas Eagleton nicknamed Mr. Volkmer “The Roadrunner” for his tirelessness.

Mr. Volkmer’s wife, Shirley, died in 1995, and in 1996, he lost his re-election bid to Republican Kenny Hulshof.

Mr. Volkmer married Dian Poole Sprenger in 1997 and she survives, along with three children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.