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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones is rallying support for an effort to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of tax-cutting legislation.

Jones, a Republican from Eureka, says reducing taxes would grow the economy, create additional economic opportunities and allow more funding for education. On Wednesday, Nixon was renewing his objections to the tax legislation in southern Missouri. The Democratic governor has traveled throughout the state to defend the veto.

Nixon's asserts the tax cut would jeopardize funding for government services and boost taxes on prescription drugs.

Jones told supporters in Fulton on Tuesday that he sees "the momentum on our side." He says it is a commonsense measure.

House Republicans are meeting this week to discuss possible veto overrides. Missouri lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Sept. 11.

 
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:47
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Police have identified the suspect in custody connected to the murder of a gas station owner.

Police say 28-year-old Justin Williams admitted to shooting Irshad Kahn over the weekend. Williams was captured on surveillance video, but police could not find him.

After the footage was released to the press police say they received over a dozen tips that led them to Williams. He was staying at a house in St. Louis city.

Williams is charged with first degree murder, armed criminal actions, and two other felonies. He is held on $1 million bond. 

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:00
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A traffic note for the upcoming weekend. MoDOT plans to close the ramp from eastbound 64 to Vandeventer on Saturday morning at 6 AM.

The closure is part of the Tower Grove Project that will build a full interchange at Tower Grove and Boyle and replace four bridges over the interstate. The ramp will remain closed until spring of next year.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:11
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   The City's health department director testified at a Medicaid hearing at St. Louis Community College on Wednesday.

   Pam Walker says 57,000 people in the St. Louis are are uninsured, and about 90% of those would qualify for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. The City's health director says 26 other states have already expanded their Medicaid, and if the state of Missouri fails to do so, it would be a major safety net issue in St. Louis City.

   Currently, only pregnant women, children, and the disabled are covered by Medicaid. Walker wants to see it expanded to cover 133% of poverty, which is about $26,000 for a family of four.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 10:33
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   It appears union workers and Metro Transit still have a long way to go before agreeing on new contracts.  Union members from the St. Louis area cast a symbolic vote Tuesday.  

   Labor leaders says workers voted in favor of a mediator's recommendations related to pensions and pay but rejected recommendations related to health insurance.  

   John Nations, Metro president and CEO says the transit agency doesn't have the money to meet workers demands.  He's urging the two sides to sit down and negotiate.

   Union officials say they don't expect a strike this month, but say if transit officials don't negotiate in good faith, a work stoppage could come next month.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 04:21
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   A metro-east village is considering an ordinance that would allow residents to raise poultry.

   The Alton Telegraph reports that Godfrey trustees early next month will consider an ordinance related to raising chickens on property zoned as residential. The Godfrey measure is patterned at least partly after one in nearby Alton.

   Godfrey resident Kenny Feazel is hungry for the change. Unaware they were illegal, he's been raising chickens since April to have fresh, organic eggs because his wife is too sensitive to store-bought ones. The couple also raises their eight chickens to produce fertilizer for their organic garden.

   A Feazel neighbor complained about the birds, prompting Grafton officials to take a look at the issue.

   Godfrey lies along the Mississippi River in Madison County, north of St. Louis.

 

 
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   More questions are being raised over contracts for the new St. Louis County Police Crime Lab.  

   At Tuesday night's St. Louis County Council meeting, Councilman Gregg Quinn (R-Ballwin) called for an inquiry into the $3.75 million contract awarded to a company co-owned by Police Board Chairman Gregory Sansone.  SM Mechanical, LLC was hired by the general contractor to install the ventilation system at the new crime lab.

   Last week, County Police Chief Tim Fitch asked the FBI to investigate the deal.  Fitch had questioned the subcontracting process earlier this year, but County counsel Patricia Redington ruled that the situation didn't violate the conflict of interest provisions in the county charter.

   Quinn says the County Charter specifically prohibits appointed officials from benefiting financially from such contracts.

   County Executive Charlie Dooley responded to the concerns by proposing legislation Tuesday night that would modify county ordinances to hold subcontractors to the same ethical standards as contractors. 

   Dooley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he's disappointed that Chief Fitch went to the FBI instead of coming to him with his concerns.

 
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   The Riverview Gardens School District will pay $3,675 each day to bus about 1,400 transfer students to Mehlville and Kirkwood.  That was the winning bid among six companies vying for the contract.  

   The half-million dollar contract with First Student Transportation was approved Tuesday.  The unaccredited district will also pay about $12,000 in annual tuition for each transfer student.  

   District officials say their finances are stable for this school year, but there could be trouble if the transfers continue next year.

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   Fans heading to the Edward Jones Dome for a Rams game this season, will need leave their usual purses, backpacks and diaper bags at home.  That's because the National Football League has ban all but clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags inside stadiums for the 2013-2014 football season.  

   The bags can't be bigger than 12x6x12 inches.  NFL approved tote bags will be sold in team stores and on-line, but a one-gallon freezer bag will also be accepted.  And fans can still take in their palm-sized clutch purses.  

   NFL officials say they changed the rules to improve security after the Boston Marathon bombings.

   More information about the new policy can be found on the NFL's website

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One St. Louis alderwoman seeks to shrink the size of city government.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Ward 16 representative, Donna Baringer, is seeking the office of license collector, only to eliminate it. Baringer would fill the vacancy left by Mike McMilan who left to lead the St. Louis Urban League.

Baringer says she wants to implement a plan that would merge the office's duties with those in other departments. According to the Post-Dispatch, this work would be done by the end of 2017.

The city's license collector issues business licenses.

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