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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri senators have passed legislation proposing a truce with Kansas in the battle for businesses in the Kansas City area.
 
The bill approved 30-2 Thursday would end offers of special tax incentives for businesses to relocate from one side of the border to the other in the metropolitan region.
 
The measure now goes to the Missouri House. But the truce also would need approval from the Kansas Legislature or governor to take effect.
 
Over the past five years, Missouri and Kansas have collectively waived hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenues for businesses that moved across the state line.
 
The Missouri legislation would bar incentives for businesses moving between the Missouri counties of Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass and the Kansas counties of Wyandotte, Johnson, Douglas and Miami.
 
Thursday, 27 February 2014 15:44
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is heading to Canada to discuss business opportunities with some of that nation's leaders.
 
Nixon plans to travel Sunday to Montreal, then go Tuesday to Ottawa and Wednesday to Toronto.
 
Traveling with Nixon will be first lady Georganne Nixon and the directors of the state departments of Economic Development and Agriculture. The delegation also will include executives from several Missouri businesses.
 
Nixon plans to meet with Canadian government officials and business leaders whose companies have locations in Missouri or are considering expanding in the state.
 
The governor's travel costs are being paid for by the Hawthorn Foundation, a nonprofit organization that frequently finances gubernatorial trade missions.
 
Nixon plans to return to Missouri next Thursday.
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) Two juveniles are facing animal abuse charges, after police say they beat a dog and posted a video of the attack to Facebook.
 
The video shows one boy slamming the dog into the ground two times. The boy then climbs on top of the pet and starts punching the animal repeatedly. The person filming the attack can be heard laughing off camera. (The video is posted below and is graphic. It also contains vulgar language)
 
St. Louis County Police were called by citizens who had seen the video on Facebook. At 3:15 PM, the video had been shared over 7,000 times. St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman says police cannot be in all places at all times, and they thank the public for bringing the video to their attention.
 
Animal Control seized the dog. They plan to examine the dog and treat it for any injuries. 
 
The juveniles are facing charges in Family Court. 
 
 
WARNING: Video below is graphic
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CHICAGO (AP) - The four Republican gubernatorial candidates are gearing up for another televised debate just weeks ahead of the March primary.
 
Thursday's event in Chicago comes as two candidates lag far behind in money. State Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady also acknowledge polls that show them behind businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) and Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH'-ur-furd). But they say they're not worried.
 
They've vowed to defy expectation and are counting on a late surge. Dillard received an endorsement Wednesday from the Illinois Retired Teachers Association
 
The primary is March 18.
 
The debate is hosted by the League of Women Voters of Illinois, WLS-TV and Univision.
 
Gov. Pat Quinn faces primary challenger Tio Hardiman, an activist. Quinn's campaign says the Chicago Democrat won't participate in any debates ahead of the primary.
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