JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - As Republican state lawmakers consider increased access to firearms, a new study claims Missouri's gun-friendly policies have increased gun violence. The study's author says homicides involving firearms have increased in Missouri by 25 percent between 2008 and 2010. Daniel Webster, a professor and gun policy analyst at Johns Hopkins University, cites the repeal of the state's "permit to acquire law" in 2007 as the turning point. Prior to that year, people had to get a permit and a background check from the local sheriff's office to acquire a firearm even in cases of private sales. Now, no such check is required for gun purchases. Webster's research shows that Missouri's increased level of gun violence in the last five years runs counter to the national trend.
Those planning to party on and around St. Patrick's Day in Missouri should plan ahead for a designated driver or face the risk of an arrest for driving while intoxicated. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Thursday that it and other police agencies in the state are joining forces to crack down on drunken driving March 14 through March 17. St. Patrick's Day is March 17. Patrol officers plan to saturate some areas and be especially vigilant for those who have been drinking. The patrol says 205 people were killed and more than 3,500 seriously hurt in Missouri last year in crashes involving impaired drivers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Oak Brook-based McDonald's is tweaking its menu again. It's getting rid of its Chicken Selects and Fruit & Walnut Salad and may drop Angus burgers. McDonald's plans to step up the number of limited-time offers in the year ahead. Most recently, the chain introduced its "Fish McBites."
The United States Olympic Committee has invited St. Louis and 34 other cities to bid for the 2024 summer games. It's an expensive longshot -- the USOC says the bid process alone costs more than $10 million. St. Louis was the site of the 1904 Olympics.