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Airport: SGF staff, board members safe in Las Vegas

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The Springfield-Branson National Airport this morning reported a group of six staff and board members is safe in Las Vegas following last night’s mass shooting.

Airport spokesman Kent Boyd sent an email this morning noting airport Director Brian Weiler and others are in Las Vegas attending the F. Russell Hoyt National Airports Conference. They are staying at Caesars Palace, which is about 2 miles away from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where the shooting incident took place.

“All are safe and accounted for,” Boyd said.

Joining Weiler on the trip are:
    •    Jim Anderson, board member and former vice president of marketing and public affairs for CoxHealth;
    •    Rob Fulp, board member and CEO of Springfield First Community Bank.
    •    Alison George, board member and senior corporate counsel at Jack Henry & Associates Inc. (Nasdaq: JKHY);
    •    Katie Moore, board member and attorney at Baird Lightner Millsap PC; and
    •    David Schaumburg, airport assistant director.

At least 50 people died yesterday when a gunman began firing on the Route 91 Harvest Festival — attended by over 22,000 people — from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. More than 400 people were transported to area hospitals. The suspect, Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, reportedly was found dead in the room after officers breached it, according to a news release from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The shooting is being reported as the deadliest in modern U.S. history.

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