JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has endorsed a bill that would allow motorcyclists over the age of 21 to forgo wearing helmets while travelling on the road.
Current law requires motorists to wear helmets or face a fine of up to $25 for each offense.
Supporters say adults should have the freedom to decide whether to wear a helmet and argue Missouri misses out on tourism because of the current law. Opponents say the helmet law protects riders during accidents and that the measure would cost the state in higher medical bills.
The measure given first-round approval Wednesday needs one more vote before moving to the Senate. Lawmakers adjourn May 16.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:09 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House gave initial approval to legislation that would move the state's primary elections to June.
Party primaries for Congress, the state Legislature and statewide offices are currently held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in August. But the bill endorsed on Wednesday would move the primaries to the first Tuesday after the third Monday in June.
Supporters say the earlier primaries would give the winners more time to compete for November's general election. But opponents argue it could also cause lawmakers to campaign more aggressively during the legislative session, which runs through mid-May.
The measure needs one more vote before moving to the Senate.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:55 Published in Local News
WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Police are helping investigate a suspected drive-by shooting death of a 19-year-old man in southwestern Illinois' Washington Park.
Authorities say Lamont Gregory died Tuesday night at a St. Louis hospital shortly after being shot outside the Crown Mart convenience store in the village.
Washington Park Police Chief Aubrey Keller tells the Belleville News-Democrat that the shooting appeared to be a drive-by.
There was no word Wednesday on any arrests, charges or explanation for the shooting.