SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A lawmaker pushing legislation to stiffen sentences for gun crimes called off action on the bill Tuesday.
Ryan Keith is a spokesman for Rep. Mike Zalewski of Riverside. He says Zalewski is still meeting with opponents of the bill with an eye toward compromise. It was scheduled for a committee hearing Tuesday.
The measure would require a 3-year prison sentence for illegally packing a loaded gun. Felons and gang members could get 10 years in prison.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made it a legislative priority because of rampant gun violence in Chicago.
But the National Rifle Association is worried that law-abiding gun owners who are in the wrong place at the wrong time could get socked with a three-year sentence.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Department of Corrections is switching to a new lethal injection drug, less than two weeks after Gov. Jay Nixon halted executions until a replacement for propofol was found.
The corrections department says in a news release Tuesday that it will use pentobarbital. The Death Penalty Information Center says 13 states use the drug for executions.
The department says the execution of Joseph Franklin on Nov. 20 is still on. Franklin killed Gerald Gordon outside a St. Louis-area synagogue in 1977.
Propofol is the most widely used anesthetic. Nixon on Oct. 11 halted the execution of convicted killer Allen Nicklasson, scheduled for Oct. 23, in part because the European Union was weighing export limits on propofol if it was used in an execution. Most propofol is made in Europe.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri judge has struck down a pair of new laws that had limited the ability of cities and counties to regulate cellphone towers.
Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled that lawmakers violated procedural requirements of the state constitution when passing the bills earlier this year.
She said the bills' title of "relating to telecommunications" did not encompass everything in the bills. She noted that one bill also contained provisions related to railroad crossings and utility rights-of-way. Another bill contained provisions related to cable TV services, which she said are not legally the same as telecommunications.
Joyce also said lawmakers had changed the bills' original purpose.
Gov. Jay Nixon and legislative leaders had touted the legislation as a way to encourage expansion of high-speed Internet and wireless phone service.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - Investigators continue to look into an accident in which a minivan crashed into a suburban St. Louis health urgent care center.
Authorities on Tuesday identified the man killed in the wreck as Marvin H. Meyer, the 88-year-old driver of the minivan. His 81-year-old wife, Gloria, remains hospitalized in stable condition.
Police say the minivan was pulling out of the entrance to a St. Charles Wal-Mart store Sunday when it was struck by a pickup truck. The impact caused the minivan to go off the roadway and hit the Our Urgent Care clinic.
No one inside the urgent care facility was injured. Occupants of the truck also were not hurt.
The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus is pushing back against Governor Jay Nixon's plan to change eligibility for food stamps.
State Senator Jamilah Nasheed spoke out at Mount Airy Missionary Baptist Church in North St. Louis. She says 58,000 Missouri adults could lose access to food stamp. Nixon has proposed removing Missouri from a waiver that allows childless adults to receive food stamps without meeting certain work requirements.
Nasheed spoke to Fox 2 News, "This is not the right thing to do. Have compassion for the poor, have a heart for the poor, and we`re going to do everything that we can to reverse this decision."
Nixon defends the decision, saying federal food stamp benefits could decrease.
A local politician is accused of breaking his wife's wrist at their house this week.
Police say that Pagedale board member, James Thomasson got angry with his wife on Monday night, saying he did not like dinner. That is when investigators say Thomasson grabbed his wife by the wrist and twisted. Thomasson's wife drove herself to the hospital and X-rays showed she had a broken wrist.
According to court documents, Thomasson is “an alcoholic and was drunk at the time of the incident.”
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Initial testing work is about to start on a trench to help keep an underground fire at a suburban St. Louis landfill from reaching World War II-era nuclear waste buried 1,200 feet away.
Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks told The Associated Press Tuesday that initial survey work for the fire break at the Bridgeton Landfill will begin next week. Actual construction of the trench will start early next year and take several months.
The testing work was delayed more than two weeks by the federal government shutdown.
Bridgeton Landfill owner Republic Services Inc. is paying to build the dirt-filled trench aimed at keeping the smoldering away from the adjacent West Lake Landfill. EPA is supervising the work - West Lake was designated a Superfund site in 1990.
Police have identified the body of a man found in the trunk of a burned out car.
Around 10 PM Saturday, authorities were called to the Washington Park area where they found a burning vehicle. Inside the trunk, they discovered the body of 30-year-old Demarco Fossett. Authorities have not publicly identified any suspects.
Anyone with information about Fossett's murder is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
The City of St. Louis is getting a financial boost in an effort to increase election efficiency and provide up-to-date equipment and services for voters and poll workers.
Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Tuesday the awarding of over $73-thousand in grants to St. Louis City saying, "The right to vote is fundamental and must be available to all eligible Missourians."
The funding is the result of two awards-- The Election Efficiency Grant and a Help America Vote Act Grant. The grants can be used to purchase certified voting equipment and replacement parts, train poll workers and update voter records.
A sheriff in Maryville, Missouri expects up to 2,000 people to show up for a protest later today that was organized on behalf of a girl who says she was sexually assaulted when she was 14.
The case in Nodaway County has drawn national attention, leading to the appointment of a special prosecutor.
Sheriff Darren White says the county is placing portable restrooms on Maryville's courthouse square and is taking other measures to accommodate those who attend the rally set for 6 o'clock this evening.
At least two activist groups have called for a protest of the county prosecutor's decision to drop charges against a boy accused in the January 2012 sexual assault of Daisy Coleman.
The prosecutor says a lack of cooperation by the victim led to the charges being dropped. The Coleman's refute that claim.