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Lawsuit challenging same-sex tax filing rule in Missouri

Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:46 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A lawsuit is challenging Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's order that the state accept jointly filed tax returns from same-sex couples legally married in other states.
 
Nixon said the directive applies to tax filing status and doesn't authorize same-sex marriage. The Missouri Constitution states only marriages between a man and a woman are valid in the state.
 
The lawsuit asks Nixon's order be declared unconstitutional. It was filed by officials from the Missouri Baptist Convention Christian Life Commission and the Missouri Family Policy Council.
 
Missouri's tax code is tied to the federal code. Nixon said couples who file joint federal returns must file state taxes jointly. Federal officials determined legally married same-sex couples would be treated as married regardless of where they live.
 
A Nixon spokesman declined comment about the lawsuit.

Christie arrives in NJ town to apologize to mayor

Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:37 Published in National News
FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has arrived in a northern New Jersey borough to apologize in person to the mayor for traffic jams that were apparently created as political payback.
 
Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich had urged the governor not to make the trip late Thursday, though he said he accepts the governor's apology. Sokolich wants to see if more details emerge from various investigations.
 
Christie did not comment as he entered the Fort Lee municipal building.
 
The governor publicly apologized at a Trenton news conference Thursday morning after emails seemed to show an aide wanted highway lanes near the George Washington Bridge closed in September because the mayor wasn't endorsing Christie.
 
Christie fired the aide.
 
Sokolich says he hopes Christie will apologize again if investigations reveal additional misconduct.

Police investigate death of toddle in North St. Louis

Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:16 Published in Local News

The investigation is underway after the death of a toddler in North St. Louis.

Around 7:30 AM Thursday, crews were called to the 5600 block of Kingsbury for a sick child. The 3-year-old was not breathing and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities say the child abuse division is investigating-- that does not imply any foul play-- it is standard procedure.

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