Governor Greitens Backs Workers’ Compensation Boost For Firefighters

By SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers should make it easier for firefighters to get workers’ compensation, Gov. Eric Greitens said Wednesday during a visit to the St. Louis Fire Academy. The bill by Republican Rep. Nick Schroer would make firefighters and other first responders eligible for workers’ compensation for illnesses…

House Passes Massive Tax Package; Senate To Vote Next

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Gleeful Republicans on Tuesday muscled the most sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws in more than three decades through the House. House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed criticism of the widely unpopular package and insisted “results are what’s going to make this popular.” The vote,…

Train Speeding 50 mph Over Limit Before Deadly Derailment

By RACHEL LA CORTE, GILLIAN FLACCUS and MICHAEL SISAK, Associated Press DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — Federal officials confirmed an Amtrak train was hurtling 50 mph over the speed limit when it careened off an overpass south of Seattle, spilling cars onto the highway below and killing at least three people. Bella Dinh-Zarr, a National Transportation Safety…