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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation aimed at keeping the names of people who committed offenses as juveniles off Missouri's public sex offender registry.

The governor said Wednesday the legislation is too broad and would apply to anyone regardless of the crime that was committed. Nixon says crime victims would have been deprived the chance to be heard before someone's name is removed from the public websites, which are aimed at protecting the public.

The vetoed legislation also ultimately would have allowed juveniles to petition the court for removal from the sex offender registry.

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 13:12
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A ten month old girl is safe and sound after being abducted by her father this morning. Police say around 9AM Bryan Grant kicked in the door of the girl's home and kidnapped the girl. About six hours after an Amber Alert was issued, police found the girl outside the home of one of Grant's friends. Grant remains on the loose. 

The suspect is identified as:

Bryan Grant

b/m 1/21/1990

5’10, 145

Brown eyes, black hair.

 

 

The child’s name is Demi Grant, b/f, 11 months of age.

 

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 12:11
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has reversed course and will allow a veteran officer to moonlight as a lobbyist for a pro-marijuana organization.

 

   Dotson wrote to police Sgt. Gary Wiegert on Tuesday saying his request for "secondary employment" will be allowed.

 

   Wiegert filed a complaint earlier this year with U.S. District Court claiming the department violated his First Amendment rights to free speech for refusing to allow him to lobby on behalf of Show-Me Cannabis.

 

   Wiegert worked for three years as a lobbyist for the St. Louis Tea Party. In February, he submitted a new application to the department. The application did not require him to state for whom he would lobby. It was approved but revoked after the department learned Wiegert was lobbying for the pro-marijuana group.

 
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 10:12
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CHICAGO (AP) - Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is officially a free man.

 

   The 79-year-old spent more than five years in prison for corruption, and in January he was moved to home confinement.

 

   Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke says Ryan was released Wednesday morning, a day ahead of schedule.

 

   Ryan spent months in his Kankakee home, only allowed to leave for events such as doctor's appointments or to attend church.

 

   He was sentenced to 6 { years in prison in 2007, but his sentence was reduced for good behavior.

 

   The Republican was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, tax fraud and making false statements to the FBI in 2006. He was also accused of stopping an investigation into secretary of state employees accepting bribes for truck driver's licenses.

 
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 09:05
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Attorney General Chris Koster says Missouri may have to resort to using the gas chamber to carry out death sentences as an "unintended consequence" of the state Supreme Court's refusal to set execution dates.

 

   Executions have been on hold in Missouri since the state Supreme Court has declined to set execution dates. The court says execution dates would be "premature" until a federal legal challenge is resolved regarding the use of the drug propofol as Missouri's new execution method.

 

   Koster told The Kansas City Star on Tuesday (http://bit.ly/13lennE ) that if the court doesn't change course, the legislature may have to fund alternative execution methods. The only execution methods authorized in Missouri are lethal gas and injection.

 

   Koster says the gas chamber may be the last option to enforce state law.

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 08:05
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   Fifty-five hospitals in 21 states, including one in the St. Louis area, have agreed to pay $34 million to the U.S. government to settle allegations that they used more expensive inpatient procedures rather than outpatient spinal surgeries to get bigger payments from Medicare.  

   The Justice Department announced the settlement Tuesday over kyphoplasty procedures used to treat spinal fractures usually caused by osteoporosis.  

   Des Peres Hospital in west St. Louis County has agreed to pay $900,000 to satisfy its part of the settlement. 

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 04:15
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   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A bipartisan group of Illinois lawmakers tasked with pension reform will meet in Springfield on the day before a special legislative session is convened.

   Senate Democrats say the 10-member committee will meet Monday. The House and Senate are scheduled to convene Tuesday to consider Gov. Pat Quinn's amendatory veto on concealed carry legislation.

   While Quinn originally called the Legislature back July 9 to deal with pensions, it is unlikely the issue will be voted on by that deadline.

   Committee members met last week in a grueling five-hour public session where little was resolved. They are scheduled to meet again Wednesday.  Members say they are hopeful progress is being made, but legislation has yet to be drafted.

   Illinois' worst-in-the-nation unfunded pension liability hovers around $100 billion.

 
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 03:25
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   A Missouri company expects to get the go ahead to slaughter horses after an Iowa company garnered federal approval yesterday.  USDA officials say Rains Natural Meats of Gallatin, Missouri could get permission later this week.

   The facility 75 miles north of Kansas City has the current capacity to slaughter 30 horses a week.  

   In 2005, the U.S. Congress effectively ban horse slaughter when it eliminated funding for USDA inspections.  The funding prohibition expired in 2011, effectively lifting the ban.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The National Rifle Association's Illinois lobbyist is predicting an easy legislative override of Gov. Pat Quinn's gun-carry veto.

Todd Vandermyde says the Democratic governor's suggested changes to concealed carry legislation are too late. He says lawmakers settled the issues Quinn raised and adopted the plan with overwhelming majorities.

A federal appeals court ruling requires a law by July 9 allowing Illinois residents to publicly possess concealed guns. The Legislature sent Quinn a plan last month.

Quinn used amendatory veto authority Tuesday to ban guns from any establishment serving alcohol and to limit gun owners to carrying one weapon at a time.

But Vandermyde says negotiators on all sides in the General Assembly discussed the changes and "the governor's people were never really part of it."

 
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A North St. Louis County man is facing charges for a weekend murder.

Police say 25-year-old Cameron Reed shot and killed O'Neal Stafford early Sunday morning. Investigators say the shooting stemmed from an argument between the two. Police say Reed confessed to the crime after he was arrested on Monday.

 

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