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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has developed a proposal to help more Missourians pursue careers in mental health care.
 
The governor planned to announce details Wednesday during stops in Columbia and Kansas City. His office said the announcement would involve a proposal for funding in the next state budget.
 
Nixon told higher education officials in October he would be proposing an initiative to train professionals in such fields as psychiatry, specialty nursing and applied behavioral analysis.
 
He said 72 of Missouri's 114 counties do not have a licensed psychiatrist, while 90 do not have a licensed behavioral analyst.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:14
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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says he will have reports coming out soon on some of Missouri's biggest tax credit programs.
   Schweich says he hopes to release audits early in the 2014 legislative session on tax credits for developers who build low-income housing, renovate historic buildings and clean up contaminated old business sites.
   Missouri waived $144 million of taxes during its last budget year because of the low-income housing credits. Developers redeemed nearly $79 million in historic preservation tax credits and more than $6 million in Brownfield remediation tax credits for work on contaminated sites.
   Lawmakers are to consider new limits on some of those tax credit programs during their session that starts Jan. 8.
   Schweich said he wants the audits out early enough that lawmakers can use the information.
 
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   Boeing is expected to whittle down the list of contenders for their new 777X airplane plant.  Missouri is one of 22 states competing for the plant and the 8,000 jobs it could bring.  An email from company executive Ray Conner to Boeing employees indicates that the company plans to select a list of finalists this week.  The email was posted to the Washington Aerospace Partnership's Facebook. 
   Missouri's bid includes $3.5 billion in tax incentives and a promise from local unions that the plant could be built using three shifts of workers with no overtime charges.  
   Jeff Aboussie of the Building and Construction Trades Council of St. Louis told Fox 2 News its worth it to put people back to work.  "I don't believe that there's one union in this town that isn't welcoming the fact that Boeing could, hopefully, select St. Louis," he said.
   Boeing officials have said they expect to announce the site for the new plant in mid-January.
 
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   There are just two winning tickets in Tuesday night's $636 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing and neither of them was sold in the St. Louis area.  The winning tickets were purchased in San Jose, California and in Georgia.     
   The winning numbers for December 17 drawing are:  8-14-17-20-39 with a MegaBall of 7.
   There appear to be no new millionaires locally.  Lottery officials report 11 tickets sold in Missouri matched four white balls and the Megaball.  Two of those players had added the Megaplier, so those tickets are worth $20,000.  
   The jackpot resets to 15-million dollars for the Friday night drawing.
 
 
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 02:34
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - For the third time in slightly more than a month, a Missouri appeals court ruling raises concerns about red-light cameras.
 
The Missouri Court of Appeals' Eastern District on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling that favored the red-light camera law in the city of Arnold.
 
Several Missouri communities have hired companies to operate cameras to catch red-light violators. The vehicle owner is typically notified by mail and ordered to pay fines.
 
Plaintiffs' attorney Ryan Keane says Tuesday's ruling requires prosecutors to prove that the person being cited is the actual driver, not just the owner.
 
American Traffic Solutions Inc. attorney Ed Dowd Jr. says he hopes the Missouri Supreme Court will consider the issue and provide guidance to cities. A call to the Arnold city attorney was not immediately returned.
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 16:27
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A St. Louis family is still looking for a woman that has been missing for nearly four weeks.
 
50-year-old Sybil Brandon's family last saw her on Thanksgiving. Brandon is a black woman. She was wearing a purple coat, pink and white shirt, and blue jeans. She drives a 1996 red Ford Taurus with Missouri plates UJ2 - D5X.
 
If you have seen her, you are asked to call the St. Louis police at 314-231-1212.
 
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CHICAGO (AP) - State regulators allege a doctor misled potential patients by offering "pre-approval" for medical marijuana through a Chicago clinic.
 
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation filed a complaint Monday against Dr. Brian Murray, who has an active medical license, and a co-worker. Murray has been charged with violating the Medical Practice Act and faces revocation of his license.
 
The general manager with Good Intentions clinic said Tuesday that the allegations are baseless and anti-patient.
 
Illinois legalized medical marijuana this year. The law takes effect in January but medical marijuana won't be available for months as rules are worked out. The law says patients must have a serious medical condition and an established doctor relationship.
 
The complaint alleges the clinic offered potential patients early approval for a $99 registration fee.
 
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 15:58
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MoDOT has work planned this week that will close sections of the Poplar Street Bridge.
 
Crews will close the ramp from northbound Interstate 55 to the eastbound Poplar Street Bridge from 8 PM Wednesday until 5 AM Thursday. Then starting at 8 PM Thursday until 5 AM Friday, crews are closing the ramp from eastbound I-70 to the bridge.
 
On Wednesday night, commuters should use westbound I-70 to Salisbury Avenue, turn around on the bridge, and take eastbound I-70 to get onto the PSB.
 
On Thursday, drivers should detour southbound on I-55 to 7th Street, cross beneath the interstate, take a right on Marion Street, and then take northbound I-55 to get onto the PSB.
 
All work is weather permitting.
 
 
 
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An Illinois lawmaker is fighting back against the knockout game.
 
Representative Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon, introduced the Knockout Assault Prevention Act. It would stiffen the penalties for anyone convicted of participating in the knockout game. The attack would become a Class 2 felony and carry a prison sentence between 3 and 7 years.
 
The knockout game has been reported in several states, including Missouri.
 
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 14:53
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CHICAGO (AP) - State regulators allege a doctor misled potential patients by offering "pre-approval" for medical marijuana through a Chicago clinic.
 
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation filed a complaint Monday against Dr. Brian Murray, who has an active medical license, and a co-worker. Murray has been charged with violating the Medical Practice Act and faces revocation of his license.
 
The general manager with Good Intentions clinic said Tuesday that the allegations are baseless and anti-patient.
 
Illinois legalized medical marijuana this year. The law takes effect in January but medical marijuana won't be available for months as rules are worked out. The law says patients must have a serious medical condition and an established doctor relationship.
 
The complaint alleges the clinic offered potential patients early approval for a $99 registration fee.
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