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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A new budget plan in the Missouri House would make millions of dollars for public schools and universities contingent upon a strong economy.
 
A proposal outlined Wednesday by House Budget Chairman Rick Stream would provide a $122 million increase in basic aid for public school districts. That's based on revenue projections agreed to by Republican House and Senate leaders.
 
Stream's budget would provide an additional $156 million funding increase for schools only if the state meets more optimistic revenue projections cited by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
 
Stream's budget also provides a smaller increase than Nixon had proposed for the operating budgets of public colleges and universities. He instead proposes tens of millions of dollars for university construction projects, some of which again would be contingent on meeting Nixon's revenue projections.
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - UPDATE at 1:58 PM: Chesterfield Police say missing Brendon Jette was found in the area of Clarkson and Highway 40

 

EARLIER:Police in West St. Louis County are hoping the public has information on a missing teen.

 

Brendon Jette was last seen on Tuesday evening at 6. Brendon is 14 years old, he is 5-feet 8-inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. Brendon has brown eyes and brown hair and authorities say he has Asperber's syndrome. Police do not believe there is anything criminal involved.

 

Anyone with information should call the Chesterfield Police at 636-537-3000.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri payrolls grew in January while the state's unemployment remained unchanged at 6 percent.
 
The state Department of Economic Development said Tuesday that Missouri employers added a net of 1,100 jobs in the first month of 2014.
 
The largest gain was in the leisure and hospitality sector, which added 5,100 jobs in January. The manufacturing sector grew by 2,500 positions, while the professional and business services industry grew by 2,200 jobs.
 
The largest losses were 6,100 in the trade, transportation and utilities sector and 3,300 in construction.
 
Missouri's civilian labor force was just over 3 million in January, an increase of about 1,800 from December. The labor force includes people with jobs and those who are on unemployment but looking for work.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A new report shows Missouri revenues were up slightly as the state reached the two-thirds mark of its budget year.
 
State figures released Tuesday show that Missouri's net general revenues had risen 2 percent through February compared with the same point the previous fiscal year.
 
Sales taxes were up by more than 4 percent and individual income taxes were up 2.5 percent. But those gains were partially offset by a growth in tax refunds.
 
The 2 percent overall revenue growth matches the forecast embraced by the Republican-led Legislature but is slightly less than what Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's administration projected.
 
Missouri's 2014 budget year began last July and runs through June 30.
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WASHINGTON, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri sheriff's department is targeting drivers who ignore school bus laws.
 
The Washington Missourian reports that starting this week, Franklin County deputies are riding along on school buses and watching for aggressive drivers who drive around stopped buses in violation of the law.
 
Authorities say the sheriff's office receives many reports of violators who are either unaware of the law or intentionally violate it. They say it puts children getting on and off the bus at risk.
 
Motorists are being reminded that those going both directions must stop if the red flashing lights of a school bus are activated.
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Thursday, 27 February 2014 15:48

Missouri House passes voter ID bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at polling places.
 
The Republican-led chamber voted 103-50 in favor of a constitutional amendment that would authorize the voting requirement. The Missouri Supreme Court struck down a previous photo ID law as unconstitutional.
 
The House also passed a separate bill with specific details of how the voting requirement would work if voters approve the constitutional change. Under that bill, only government-issued and military IDs could be used for voting.
 
Republicans supported the measures and say they protect the integrity of elections and prevent fraud. Democrats opposed the voting requirement and say it would disenfranchise voters who are unable to obtain a photo ID.
 
Both measures now head to the Senate.
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Thursday, 27 February 2014 15:44

Missouri Senators pass "border war truce"

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri senators have passed legislation proposing a truce with Kansas in the battle for businesses in the Kansas City area.
 
The bill approved 30-2 Thursday would end offers of special tax incentives for businesses to relocate from one side of the border to the other in the metropolitan region.
 
The measure now goes to the Missouri House. But the truce also would need approval from the Kansas Legislature or governor to take effect.
 
Over the past five years, Missouri and Kansas have collectively waived hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenues for businesses that moved across the state line.
 
The Missouri legislation would bar incentives for businesses moving between the Missouri counties of Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass and the Kansas counties of Wyandotte, Johnson, Douglas and Miami.
 
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Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:48

Missouri House approves tax bracket change

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has passed legislation that could lower the tax bill for many Missourians by linking the state's tax brackets to inflation.
 
A bill approved on a 146-4 vote would require Missouri's individual income tax brackets to be adjusted annually for inflation starting in 2015.  Legislative staff estimate that would reduce state tax revenues by $26 million when fully in effect.
 
Although state tax rates have changed over time, Missouri's top income tax bracket has been set at $9,000 since 1931. That means all income over that amount currently is taxed at the same 6 percent rate.
 
The tax-bracket legislation now goes to the Senate. It's one of several measures lawmakers are considering this year that would reduce state income taxes.
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:57

SW Missouri hopes for boost from golf tournament

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - Organizers of a professional golf tournament that will bring some of the sport's biggest legends to southwest Missouri this summer say the event will be a huge economic boost for the Branson area.
 
The Legends of Golf tournament - often credited as the driving force behind creation of what is now the Champions Tour - has committed to at least five years at Buffalo Ridge, owned by the founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops.
 
The Springfield News-Leader reports Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Trevino have committed to the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops tournament the week of June 2-8.
 
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday said the tournament is a significant long-term opportunity to improve the area's economy.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri corrections officials say they will use a lethal drug provided by a new supplier in the state's fourth execution in four months.
 
Convicted killer Michael Taylor is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Several court appeals have been filed seeking to spare his life, and Gov. Jay Nixon is weighing a clemency request.
 
Taylor's attorneys are questioning Missouri's use of the new, unnamed compounding pharmacy to provide the pentobarbital for his execution. They also allege that the state executes men before appeals are complete, and say Taylor's trial attorney was ineffective.
 
Taylor and Roderick Nunley were convicted of abducting 15-year-old Ann Harrison as she waited for a Kansas City school bus in 1989, then raping and killing her. Nunley is also on death row.
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