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 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel is recommending steps to protect and bolster military bases and defense spending within the state.
Zweifel's suggestions include creating a Missouri Military Foundation. The proposed private not-for-profit entity would coordinate efforts to support existing military installations and boost defense spending.
 
The foundation would have a board that includes business leaders, community organizations and retired military members.
Zweifel also proposes a compact that could allow military members to apply service time toward labor apprenticeships.
 
The treasurer also recommends efforts to protect military families' finances. He said Tuesday that Missouri community colleges have agreed to help develop a financial literacy program.
 
Gov. Jay Nixon assigned Zweifel to develop the recommendations. The treasurer met with federal officials, Pentagon officials, community groups and others.
   
 
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:47
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has endorsed legislation that would require annual written authorization for public employee unions to receive dues automatically deducted from a worker’s paycheck.
The measure endorsed Monday evening would require similar approval for unions to spend worker fees on political activities.
 
Supporters argued it gives public employees more control over how unions spend their fees. Opponents say it would be an undue burden on those who want to participate in a union.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed similar legislation last year. To avoid another veto, this year’s Republican-supported measure would head to the August ballot instead.
 
The bill, known to supporters as “paycheck protection,” needs one more vote before moving to the Senate. It does not apply to unions representing first responders, such as police and firefighter organizations.
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:42
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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill will lead a Senate hearing on Wednesday to examine General Motors’ recent decision to recall 2.6 million vehicles for defective ignition switches that have been linked to at least 12 deaths.

McCaskill is Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance.

The subcommittee has jurisdiction over several federal agencies, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Senator McCaskill’s hearing will focus on GM’s decisions, over more than 10 years, to not issue a safety recall, and will consider whether the NHTSA has the capability, data, and resources to effectively monitor vehicle safety defects.

McCaskill’s panel will hear from GM’s CEO Mary Barra, NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General Calvin Scovel.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Legislation being considered by lawmakers in Springfield would allow drivers to keep their licenses in hand after getting speeding tickets.
The bill is sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Mike Noland of Elgin.
 
The proposed law would amend the state's vehicle code to let drivers "sign and go" by making a written promise to comply with the terms of the ticket they receive. Drivers who violate the agreement would have their driving privileges suspended under the law.
 
Currently, non-residents of the state can keep their license if they're pulled over while passing through Illinois. Proponents of the law say Illinois residents should have the same privileges.
 
The measure passed out of a Senate committee last week and is now being considered by the full chamber.
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 07:48
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - An 11-year-old girl and her father are hospitalized in critical but stable condition after being shot in St. Louis.
 
Police say the shooting happened about 3 a.m. Tuesday as the father and daughter were driving, soon after leaving a White Castle restaurant. Another car followed them from the restaurant and someone in that car began shooting. The man and his daughter were both struck once in the back.
 
The names of the victims have not been released. Police are looking for the shooter.
 
The attack happened less than a week after 11-year-old Antonio Johnson was shot to death inside his north St. Louis home when someone shot through a window.
 
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   O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) - A man and woman from New Mexico are facing charges after authorities allegedly found more than 200 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle during a traffic stop.
   Authorities say 38 year old Matthew Serrano and 23 year old Vista Scott are both charged with drug trafficking and attempted trafficking.
   The suspects were in a car stopped for a traffic violation Saturday in O'Fallon, Mo. Police say they noticed a strong marijuana odor and performed a search that uncovered nine large bundles of the drug.
   Both are jailed on $100,000 bond.
 
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 04:13
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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri drivers would not need to show birth certificates or other source documents when renewing their licenses under legislation passed by the state House.
   The bill was approved with a 135-10 vote on Monday and now heads to the Senate.
   Under the measure, only a reasonable belief of fraud could cause drivers to be required upon renewal to show license clerks documents that prove lawful residence and citizenship.
   Supporters say the bill makes renewals easier and that drivers already had to show source documents to get their license the first time. Some opponents argued the measure could make it easier to commit fraud.
   Republican Rep. Stanley Cox, of Sedalia, is the legislation's sponsor.
 
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   With state legislators still tussling over how much financial assistance to give the struggling Normandy School District, local leaders continue to weigh their options.  
   The second of seven transition community meetings was held Monday night.  The meetings are strategy sessions, aimed developing a plan to educate students if lawmakers don't approve enough funding to keep the district open past this spring.  
   A Missouri Supreme Court ruling last summer requires the unaccredited district to pay tuition and transportation costs for students who wish to transfer to better performing districts.  The cost is bankrupting the struggling district.
   Normandy Superintendent Ty McNichols tells Fox 2 News the district has a plan to win back accreditation, but not knowing how much help they're going to get from the state makes it difficult to take the next steps. "I'm in a holding pattern because of the uncertainty about where we are," he said.  "Right now is prime time hiring for the organization.  We can't do that."
   Without state aid, Normandy officials have said the district will go bankrupt this month (April).
 
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   Animal Control officers in St. Charles County are searching for the owner of a black Great Dane that attacked and killed another dog at a Wentzville dog park.  It happened Sunday afternoon at Quail Ridge Park.  Buddy, an 11 year old Golden Retriever, was playing in the off-leash area when he was attacked.  
   The Great Dane's presumed owners didn't stick around, but took their dog and left the park.  Buddy's owner, Nick Andres believes the Great Dane was with a man in a ball cap and Hurley sweatshirt, and a woman, who both looked to be in their mid 20s.  
   Authorities are asking anyone with cellphone video of the pair, or information to contact St. Charles County Animal Control at (636) 949-7387.
 
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