JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has endorsed a bill that would allow motorcyclists to forgo wearing helmets on the road.
The measure given first-round approval Tuesday would allow riders over the age of 21 to not wear a helmet when travelling.
Current law requires motorists to wear helmets or face a fine of up to $300 on the first offense. Future violations carried steeper fines and the possibility of prison sentences.
The bill needs one more House vote before moving to the Senate. Lawmakers adjourn May 17.
Motorcycle Helmets is HB555 Online: Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov
Police are investigating after two cars were apparently set on fire on the Missouri Baptist University campus in St. Louis County.
KSDK-TV reports that the first car was found on fire late Tuesday or early Wednesday on a campus parking lot. A second blaze at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday destroyed another car on another campus parking lot.
No one was hurt in either fire.
Anheuser-Busch's Bud Light is center stage as the brewer is behind a summer-long "Music First" promotion that will culminate in 50 concerts on a single day in August in 50 states.
Bud Light partnered with Live Nation Entertainment to create the 50/50/1 concert series to be held nationwide on Aug. 1.
Some artists that have been announced, include the Flaming Lips, Alex Clare and Sublime with Rome.
We still don't know who will perform at the St. Louis concert which will be held at the Pageant. That announcement will be made by June 1st.
Irate faculty and students at St. Louis University plan to take their issues with their school's president to the streets of the mid-town campus.
A protest march is planned this afternoon by members of the SLU community against university president Father Lawrence Biondi.
The move comes after Biondi and another high ranking university official canceled an appearance before the faculty senate. The group had hoped to question Biondi about the school's future.
SLU officials issued a statement Monday saying the two did not appear because they were focused on finding a Months ago the group voted no confidence in Biondi. Some have called for him to step down.
The march starts at 1pm this afternoon at the Frost Campus Clock Tower.
It will proceed to Father Biondi`s residence at Cartier Hall, then continue down the main university thoroughfare to Vandeventer.
It will then go north to Lindell, east to Grand and then south DuBourg Hall.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is getting its first explosives-sniffing dog.
The ATF says the 15 month old chocolate Labrador retriever, Andi, was raised by prison inmates through the program Puppies Behind Bars.
Andi recently finished a 16 week training program at the ATF's National Canine Academy in Virginia. Her St. Louis trainer, special agent Alan Leah, worked with her over the last 10 weeks of training.
The ATF says the dog will be used primarily on gun trafficking and search warrants.
Attorneys for a former SIU Edwardsville student are asking the Illinois Supreme Court to uphold a lower court's decision to toss out their client's conviction of attempting to make a terroristic threat. The filing on behalf of Olutosin Oduwole comes more than a month after he was ordered freed by a state appellate court.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is appealing the overthrown conviction on behalf of Madison County prosecutors.
Oduwole's attorneys now argue there's no compelling reason for the state's high court to hear the case, and their client's six-year ordeal constitutes an abuse of prosecutorial power and a waste of judicial resources.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Three southwestern Illinois men are accused of violating the state's absentee ballot laws before a municipal election earlier this month.
Prosecutors in St. Clair County charged 59 year old James Haywood Jr. of Cahokia and August Stacker Jr. of Belleville with one count apiece of violation of absentee ballots. Twenty-five-year-old Steveland Kidd of Cahokia faces two felony counts.
The county's state's attorney, Brendan Kelly, says 27 absentee ballots from municipal elections involving Alorton and Cahokia were challenged and rejected, based on the findings of investigators.
The three were jailed on Tuesday, when Kelly announced the charges. Online court records don't show whether they have attorneys.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton says he will keep working to pass a pension reform bill he believes can survive a court challenge.
Rikeesha Phelon says Cullerton and fellow Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan have "the same goal but different approaches" to solving Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis.
Madigan filed his pension plan on Tuesday. It caps the salary on which a pension can be based at $110,000 and limits annual cost-of-living increases.
Madigan's legislation also removes language from a plan backed by Cullerton that got Senate approval last month. Cullerton's plan offers affected state-government employees and teachers a choice of benefits instead of unilaterally cutting them.
Cullerton believes the state must give retirees a choice in benefits in order for the legislation to be considered constitutional.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The largest Illinois government employees' union will take a second ratification vote on its tentative three-year contract because of a continuing lawsuit over back wages.
Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees OK'd the contract agreement with Gov. Pat Quinn's administration on March 20.
But AFSCME announced Tuesday it would schedule a new vote because Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office hasn't dropped a lawsuit Quinn had pressed over raises due in 2011 and 2012.
The first vote was based on the Quinn administration's promise to drop the lawsuit.
Quinn agreed in the contract deal to pay the back wages. But he needs a $140 million appropriation from the Legislature to pay them.
Madigan says she won't drop the lawsuit until the money is approved.
St. Louis Public School officials have placed a high school teacher on leave after he allegedly had sex with a student.
Court documents say David Marler had sex with a male student at Soldan High School. Marler also allegedly gave the same student an inhalant that made him dizzy and lightheaded. Marler faces eleven charges, including sodomy, sexual contact with a student, and endangering the welfare of a child.
The school placed Marler on leave on Monday.
St. Louis Police are asking any parents who believe their kids may have been victimized by Marler to call the Child Abuse unit at 314.444.5385.