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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House members have approved a trio of measures that could reduce taxes for some businesses.

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Representatives on Wednesday passed bills that would create new incentives for the construction of computer data centers and investors in high-tech, startup businesses. Both of those measures now go to the Senate.

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   The House also gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill that would gradually reduce the state's corporate income tax rate from its current 6.25 percent to 4.25 percent by 2016. The bill also would make Missouri's individual income tax brackets subject to annual inflationary adjustments, potentially reducing future taxes for some people. Another provision seeks to increase Missouri's tax collections from Internet sales.

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   All told, the measures could reduce Missouri's revenues by tens of millions of dollars annually.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 16:47
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Associated Press has learned that authorities are calling the death of Menard Correctional Center inmate Tuesday night "suspicious."

It is the third such death of a Menard inmate in less than two months.

Randolph County Coroner Randy Dudenbostel (DOO'-dihn-bahs-sul) told The Associated Press that the 35-year-old man was declared dead in his cell in the prison's segregation unit at 10:36 p.m. Tuesday. The man had a cellmate even though he was in a segregated cell.

Neither Dudenbostel nor Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano (soh-LAH'-noh) would identify the man. Dudenbostel says an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

Solano says the prison was locked down Wednesday during an investigation.

Tuesday's inmate death is the third suspicious death at Menard since Jan. 31
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:57
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A standoff with a suicidal man in Granite City ended peacefully this morning.

The police say the man barricaded himself in his home and told officers he had weapons and explosives. The situation started around 4 AM and officers took him into custody just before 11 AM. The man was taken to the hospital and a bomb squad searched the home for explosives.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:51
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Dozens of people are rallying at the Missouri Capitol for what a gay and lesbian group is promoting as "Equality Day."

The gathering in Jefferson City coincides with the second day of U.S. Supreme Court arguments focused on whether same-sex couples can marry and receive the legal rights and benefits associated with marriage.

Some rally participants in Missouri asserted that it is "immoral" to ban gay marriage, as is the case under the state constitution.

Rally participants also focused on bills that would prohibit discrimination or school bullying based on sexual orientation.

The event was coordinated by Promo, an organization that advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.

Several Democratic lawmakers attended the event.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:34
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A $1 billion expansion of Barnes-Jewish medical complex has been given the go ahead by The Preservation Board.

The St. Louis Business Journal reports that BJC HealthCare wants to demolish four buildings near Forest Park to add one million square feet of office space. The work is set to begin sometime in late-summer and should be complete by the middle of 2014. Employees will start to move in by 2017.

Local contractors have been awarded the contract to complete the work of the next ten years.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:22
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would require newborn screenings for congenital heart disease.

The bill known as "Chloe's Law" would mandate the screening before newborns are discharged from the hospital.

Sponsoring Republican Sen. Dan Brown, of Rolla, says many hospitals already do the screenings but his bill would make sure they are done everywhere.

The law's namesake, 4-year-old Chloe Manz, of Lee's Summit, was born in 2008 with a rare congenital heart defect. She did not have a newborn screening for the disease, and it was not diagnosed until nine months later. The measure needs one more vote before moving to the House.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:19
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is suing the operators of a St. Louis County landfill, alleging violations of state environmental laws.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday stems from an underground fire at the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill near Lambert Airport. The fire is causing a foul-smelling odor that is drawing complaints from nearby homes, businesses, hospitals and senior care centers.

The suit against the landfill owner, Republic Services Inc., asks that Republic bear the cost of cleanup, remediation and monitoring.

Messages seeking comment from the landfill and Republic were not returned. In a statement on its website, Bridgeton Landfill says it is working to fix the problem. Forty wells will be added by April 15 to remove odor-causing gas, then a cap will be installed over the odor-causing area of the landfill.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:10
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A Ballwin man caught on tape for shooting at cars on Interstate 44 is behind bars.

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 59-year-old Sepid Majid Salem told a passenger in his car Sunday that he “had an urge” before he stopped and fired four or five shots on Interstate 44 in Pulaski County near Devil’s Elbow.

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A Springfield TV station reports no one was injured but one of the shots went through a sleeper berth in a semi-trailer truck. 

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Salem is charged with first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and property damage.

A witness notified authorities, who arrested Salem in Rolla.  Authorities found the semi at a rest area near Doolittle.  The truck had a camera and recorded the shooting.

 
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 08:16
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Homeowners who live near a Bridgeton landfill should learn more about what Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has planned concerning their complaints. Koster will speak with reporters later this morning about the stench that has lingered for months.

The Department of Natural Resources recently ran test of the area. State officials determined the area tested for high levels of hydrogen sulfide in the air. Hydrogen sulfide often causes headaches and irritation to eyes, nose and throat. 

The DNR then sent the findings to Koster’s office.Republic Services owns the Bridgeton Landfill. The company sent a statement that said there is no proof the hydrogen sulfide in the air is from their landfill.

 

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 07:47
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Florissant Police Department now has a prescription/non-prescription drug disposal box permanently located in the lobby of the Florissant Police station.

This box was the first one given to a municipality by the Missouri Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal organization, the largest organization of its kind in the United States. 

Florrisant police Chief Timothy J. Lowery and Mayor Thomas P. Schneider say the box provides a safe location for citizens to properly dispose of unused prescription/non-prescription medications and an environmentally safe alternative to disposing of both prescription non-prescription medications in landfills and sewer systems which may negatively affect the environment. 

The secured, steel collection box in the lobby of the police department is accessible to citizens any time of the day or night 365 days a year. Once collected, the drugs will be properly disposed of by incineration.  

Items that will be accepted include:

Prescription medications 

All over-the-counter medications

Pet medications

Vitamins and supplements

Medicated ointments, lotions, creams, and oils

Liquid medications in leak-proof containers

Homeopathic and herbal remedies

 

Suppositories

Items that are not accepted include:

Illegal drugs

Needles/sharps

Syringes with needles

Thermometers

IV bags and tubing

Bloody or infectious waste

Personal care products

Empty containers

Hydrogen peroxide

Aerosol cans and inhalers

 
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