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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is wading into Missouri's political battle over tax cuts.

Perry told The Associated Press on Thursday that he believes Missouri lawmakers should override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of legislation cutting state income taxes.

A Texas economic development group began airing a radio ad Thursday in Missouri criticizing Nixon's veto and encouraging Missouri businesses to consider moving to Texas. The group also is running a Missouri TV ad touting Texas' low taxes and regulations on businesses.

Perry is to visit Missouri on Aug. 29. He plans to meet with business leaders, speak at a Missouri Chamber of Commerce luncheon and attend an evening event hosted by groups backing a veto override of the tax-cut bill.

Missouri lawmakers are to convene Sept. 11 to consider veto overrides.

 

Peabody retirees applaud appeal court ruling

Thursday, 22 August 2013 14:48 Published in Local News

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Peabody Energy retirees are applauding a court ruling that it remains obligated to continue health-care benefits for some 3,100 retirees of one of the company's former holdings.

An 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' bankruptcy panel on Wednesday overturned U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kathy Surratt-States' May ruling that Peabody no longer was obliged to pay the benefits.

That ruling linked to the bankruptcy of Patriot Coal, which Peabody spun off in 2007.

While the United Mine Workers of America union cheered Wednesday's development, Peabody says the panel didn't rule on the level of funding required to meet future obligations.

Peabody adds the court found the company was obligated to make the payments until a new labor agreement was approved between Patriot and the UMWA. That came in recent days.

St. Louis Police Sergeant David Bonenberger is speaking out about his reverse discrimination lawsuit victory against the St. Louis Police Department.

Bonenberger was awarded $620,000 in punitive damages after he was passed over for a department job. He said supervisors told him he shouldn't bother applying for the position, because it was going to be awarded to a black female.

After three years of court battle, Bonenberger says he's happy to have the incident behind him. "Absolute relief it's finally over and I have finally be vindicated," says Bonenberger. "All along their contention was that I was a dishonest liar, fabricating the entire thing."

Bonenberger says he is absolutely concerned about retaliation from within the department, but he has no plans on leaving. 

 

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