JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Fourteen Missouri schools will share $7.5 million in federal funds aimed at low-achieving schools.
The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has awarded funding to eight schools in St. Louis and four in St. Louis County's Riverview Gardens School District. Also receiving money are Martin Luther King Elementary in Kansas City and Frederick Douglass High School in Columbia.
This is Missouri's third round of funding from the federal School Improvement Grants program.
State officials say schools generally use the money for hiring staff such as instructional coaches and career counselors. Other uses include special reading and math programs, professional development, and extended learning programs such as classes on Saturdays or during spring and winter breaks.
An East St. Louis man is accused of killing a Mizzou student just days before Christmas.
The body of Jarrett Mosby was found in his car on December 23. Investigators with the Major Case Squad say Mosby agreed to meet Deneshion Swope for a drug deal. Police say the two men started to argue and Swope allegedly shot Mosby and moved his car to where it was eventually found.
Swope was on probation for gun charges, is held on a half-million dollar bond, and facing first-degree murder charges. Swope could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted.
CHICAGO (AP) - State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says Illinois residents will get a breakdown of state spending in income tax returns received in 2014.
Topinka announced the initiative on Monday. She says her office will also make the information available online.
In a statement, Topinka says there shouldn't be a mystery when it comes to public dollars in the state.
The tax return inserts will show what state agencies spend each year. It also gives a picture of the state's unpaid bills over time.
Topinka says that Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas started a similar insert in the previous tax season.
PLATTE WOODS, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas City couple is having a very happy holiday season after winning a $71.5 million Powerball jackpot in the Christmas night drawing.
The Missouri Lottery said Monday in a news release that 49-year-old Kevin Carlson and his wife claimed the prize Thursday. Carlson celebrated his birthday the next day and already has quit his job as a mechanic. His wife, whose name was not released, plans to keep working.
Carlson says he "went nuts" when he realized the ticket was a winner. He had bought it at the Autobahn BP store in Platte Woods where he regularly stops for coffee.
The couple plan to use the money to pay bills, help their grown children and take a trip for their upcoming 30th wedding anniversary. Carlson also wants a 1968 Camaro.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois will end the year with overdue bills totaling $7.6 billion.
Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's office says the amount is about 16 percent less than the $9 billion owed at the end of 2012. That's according to a Monday story in the Rockford Register-Star.
Topinka spokesman Brad Hahn says it's unclear how the landmark pension-reform package adopted this month will affect the backlog.
For one thing, retired teachers and other educators have filed a lawsuit over the plan to save $160 million over 30 years by cutting benefits. They say it's unconstitutional.
Hahn says the backlog benefited this year from $1.3 billion in tax revenues that officials didn't expect.
Topinka's office had predicted as late as a month ago that the year-end backlog would be closer to $9 billion.
A Missouri state senator is proposing legislation that would require women to wait even longer for an abortion in the state. Missouri currently has a 24-hour informed consent law.
Now Republican David Sater of Cassville says extending that period to 72-hours would provide additional time for reflection that he hopes will reduce the number of abortions. The legislation has been proposed for the 2014 legislative session starting January 8th. Opponents contend a longer waiting period would not decrease the number of abortions, but simply cause them to happen later in pregnancy, which can increase risk. Only South Dakota and Utah already impose a 72-hour waiting period.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Fire officials in St. Louis are investigating a blaze that destroyed a building housing a meat market on the city's north side.
The fire broke out about 5:30 a.m. Monday in the building that houses Obama Meat Market. The business was destroyed, but no one was hurt. The shop was closed at the time of the fire and no one was inside the building.
More than four dozen firefighters battled the blaze in frigid conditions - the morning temperature in St. Louis was 11 degrees.
The market and the building are owned by Obama Shalabi. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he will rebuild.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri-Columbia has raised half of the $3 million it needs to build a teaching winery.
The Columbia Missourian reports that the university now is seeking matching money from the state for the facility. Plans call for a research building and wine and food education facility to be added in later phases.
Wine and Grape Research Committee chairman Tony Kooyumjian says the proposed teaching winery would be a commercial winery. It would replace a much smaller, experimental winery. The goal is for students to make and bottle more than 2,000 cases of wine yearly; the current facility produces 100 cases at most a year.
Kooyumjian says he hopes to break ground in spring 2015 with completion that fall.
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois State Police will have more details for the public on what's expected as Illinois implements the concealed carry of firearms.
Authorities have planned a news conference for Monday in Chicago. They're expected to outline the application process for a concealed carry license. The application will be available on January 5.
ISP spokeswoman Monique Bond says officials will address questions the public has had about the process.
Earlier this year, Illinois became the last state nationwide to approve a law allowing the public possession of a concealed weapon.
Governor Pat Quinn last week named a panel that'll review applications for permits to carry concealed firearms. It's called the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board. Members will consider any objections of an applicant's eligibility for a permit filed by authorities.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A Republican lawmaker says he's ready to push legislation expediting the process to terminate state-funded pensions for public official convicted of corruption.
State Rep. Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon tells the Belleville News-Democrat he was moved to co-sponsor legislation in part because of a former county treasurer who was convicted of rigging tax liens.
The newspaper reported in October that ex-Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon was still collecting a $90,000 pension. It was halted this month.
The law says public officials found guilty of corruption can collect pensions until sentencing. Kay's bill would allow termination at a guilty plea or conviction. Lawmakers return to Springfield in late January.