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      Courts consider request for Bustamante

      A state appeals court will consider whether a central Missouri teenager should be allowed to continue her education while awaiting trial on a charge of murdering her 9-year-old neighbor.

      The Western District appeals court agreed Wednesday to accept written arguments on the request from attorneys for 16-year-old Alyssa Bustamante.

      A Cole County judge has twice denied requests to let Bustamante enroll in a distance learning program from jail to complete her high school degree.

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