JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have prepared a budget that could force Gov. Jay Nixon to choose between developmentally disabled children and low-income seniors.
The nearly $25 billion operating budget being considered Thursday by lawmakers assumes more than $55 million of savings from the elimination of a tax break for low-income seniors and disabled residents who live in rental housing.
The budget would spend that money on early childhood programs for the developmentally disabled, health care for the blind and medical clinics that treat low-income people.
Nixon has said he would veto a repeal of the renters tax break unless it's part of a broader tax-credit overhaul. But if he does, then the early childhood programs and health care initiatives would lose money.
Lawmakers hope that will compel Nixon to accept the plan.
Three suspects have been arrested, two are still on the loose after a jogger was robbed in south St. Louis early Thursday morning.
Police say the male jogger was attacked and had his cellphone stolen in the 6200 block of Leona around 12:15 a.m. when three men and two women pulled up in a car and asked for directions.
The jogger was unhurt.
For a second day local fast food workers are expected to walk off their jobs at major national chains like Wendy’s, Hardee’s, and Domino’s. They are pushing for higher wages, better working conditions and the right to form a union.
"Workers at Jimmy Johns in Soulard say they want a livable wage of $15 dollars an hour. That includes Rasheen Aldridge who says pay isn't the only issue - management often humiliates the employees when they do something wrong.
Jimmy Johns is known for their slogan "subs so fast you'll freak." Aldridge says that when employees lag behind, they have to hold signs reading "I don't make sandwiches fast enough." Reporting from Soulard, Michael Golde, KTRS News"
Several hours later, several employees walked off the job at a Florissant McDonalds. Similar protests have taken place in New York and Chicago.
A member of the St. Louis Major Case Squad is in FBI custody.
Federal agents had asked East St. Louis Detective Orlando Ward to come to the federal building Tuesday afternoon. A city spokesperson says about 6:00 p.m. Tuesday night the FBI called and asked them to pickup Ward’s police car.
There's no word on why Ward was taken into custody or if any charges are pending.
City officials are very concerned that criminal allegations against Ward could put some convictions in doubt since the long-time detective has been a key investigator in many high profile criminal cases.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House is not planning to give Gov. Jay Nixon's administration data related to an attempted access of the list of gun permit holders.
The Office of Administration requested computer logs last week after a House computer was used to access a secure website containing the gun data. The House computer used credentials the state had previously provided to a federal agent.
House Speaker Tim Jones says the attempted access was part of an investigation into the Nixon administration. House Clerk Adam Crumbliss sent a letter to the Nixon administration Monday that says releasing the House computer data could compromise the ongoing investigation.
Commissioner of Administration Doug Nelson says the access was unauthorized because the information on the website had been intended for use by law enforcement.
The full Illinois Senate will consider a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. The Senate Executive Committee voted Wednesday to approve the proposal.
The measure allows physicians to prescribe limited amounts of marijuana to patients who have been diagnosed with certain medical conditions. Under the bill, patients who use the drug would automatically consent to sobriety fields test should a police officer suspect they were driving under the influence of the drug.
Supporters say marijuana can relieve continual pain without causing the harmful side effects of some prescription drugs.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has rejected tough new evaluation standards for school principals and administrators.
The House voted 82-76 to defeat the measure Wednesday, one of Republican House Speaker Tim Jones' top education priorities.
This marks the second defeat of legislation to impose evaluations based largely on student achievement. Previous versions of the bill would have subjected teachers to the evaluation standards, but that provision was removed from this bill in an effort to pass the measure.
The evaluations would have started in the 2014-15 academic year and would've included multiple measures and be conducted at least annually. School personnel would have been classified on a four-point scale ranging from highly effective to ineffective.
Detectives with the St. Louis Major Case Squad are looking for a suspect in the execution-style death of a Normandy man.
Police say 30 year old Markquette Nunn had been using a weed trimmer in the front yard of his home in the 7600 block of Bermuda Court about 12:45Wednesday afternoon when someone shot him in the back of the head.
A neighbor heard the shot and came outside just in time to see a man running from the scene. Nunn was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say Nunn shared the home with his girlfriend and their baby son, who were not home at the time of the shooting. A friend who also lived in the home was inside when Nunn was shot. He told police he heard the shot, then look outside to see Nunn collapsed in the yard.
Police say they have very little to go in so far. Anyone with information is urged to call the Major Case Squad – via Normandy Police at 314-385-3300, ext. 3018.
Two dogs wandered away from their home and fell into a sinkhole in Southern Illinois, but there is a happy ending to this story.
Around 2 PM Wednesday, a pair of hikers in the Stemler Cave Nature Preserve, between Columbia and Millstadt, Illinois, heard the sound of whimpering dogs.
The hikers followed the sound to the opening of a large sink hole. Emergency crews from both Columbia and Millstadt responded and were able to pull the two Dobermans, named Bullet and Legend, from the 60 foot deep hole.
The dogs were returned their owner with no serious injuries.
Three suspects are now in custody connected to the so-called Craigslist assault from last month.
A father and son showed up in North St. Louis to buy an SUV they saw an ad for on Craigslist. When the men arrived, they were robbed at gunpoint. 19-year-old James McConnell is the most recent suspect charged for stealing $2,500 from the family members.
Devion Russell, Christopher Duffy, and McConnell all faces multiple charges, including robbery and assault.