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ST. LOUIS | U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced Tuesday that she will not seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2012, saying she can best serve Missouri and her district by remaining as congresswoman for the 8th District.

Mrs. Emerson, 60, of Cape Girardeau, said that she spoke with her family, advisers and staff about the pros and cons of being a junior senator or a senior member of the U.S. House. Mrs. Emerson was elected in November to an eighth term in the seat held previously for 15 years by her husband, Bill Emerson, who died in 1996.

She is the second member of Missouri’s congressional delegation to decide against a Senate bid. Republican Rep. Sam Graves of northwest Missouri announced this month that he would remain in the House.

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Ex-lawmaker jailed in harassment case

LOWELL | A former state senator was sentenced Tuesday to three months in jail after he pleaded guilty to sexually harassing four women in a single day in a series of events a judge called “bizarre” and “potentially dangerous.”

James Marzilli was sentenced in Lowell Superior Court after he admitted making lewd remarks to four women on June 3, 2008, in downtown Lowell. He was also sentenced to five years of probation. The 52-year-old Arlington Democrat pleaded guilty to four counts of annoying and accosting a person of the opposite sex, and one count each of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

He admitted to “sufficient facts” on the most serious charge against him - attempting to commit indecent assault and battery. The judge granted a defense recommendation to continue that case without a finding during his five years of probation. If he complies with the conditions of his probation and does not commit any new crimes during the five-year period, that charge will be dismissed.