JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing a gun safety course sponsored by the National Rifle Association to be taught to first-graders.
The bill signed Friday allows schools to teach the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program and to seek financial grants to do so. But it stops short of mandating the course.
The NRA says its course has been taught to more than 26 million children nationwide since it began in 1988. Virginia enacted a law in 2010 allowing gun-safety courses based on the NRA program.
The Missouri legislation requires schools to conduct an active-shooter drill led by law enforcement officers.
It also assigns the duty of issuing identification cards for concealed gun permits to sheriffs, instead of driver's license clerks.
The dog, found with burns across his body yesterday, died this morning.
The dog named Brownie was found behind a home in the 4300 block of Cote Brilliante. Neighbors told authorities they saw the dog covered in flames. Despite receiving treatment at the Veterinary Specialty Services, Brownie died today. The St. Louis Animal Cruelty Task Force was activated today and Stray Rescue and CrimeStoppers are working together to come up with a reward for information that leads to a conviction.
An 18-year-old Wentzville man will spend decades behind bars for sexually assaulting several children.
Jacob Dolson was sentenced to 30 years for nine felony charges. Prosecutors proved that Dolson sexually abused four children who attended his mother's daycare. The children were between the ages of 3 and 9. Dolson will serve at least 25 years of his sentence and spend the rest of his life as a registered sex offender.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri is adopting new wage requirements for construction projects on public roads and buildings.
Gov. Jay Nixon said Friday that he will allow a bill changing prevailing wage rates to take effect as law without his signature.
The prevailing wage essentially is a special minimum wage for public works projects. It's determined for each construction trade on a county-by-county basis according to voluntary surveys about wages.
But Republicans claim it leads to artificially high wages in rural areas when union rates get used.
The legislation divides the wage surveys by union and non-union contractors in rural counties, and bases the prevailing wage on whichever group reports more work hours. It also allows prior years' wages to be used when no surveys are returned.