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    Right to work up for debate in Missouri House

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s Republican-led House has pushed forward a proposal to make Missouri the 28th right-to-work state despite Democratic efforts to send the measure to a public vote. The House voted 101-58 Wednesday to give initial approval to the bill, which would ban mandatory union fees. The bill needs another House vote before it can move to the Senate. The legislation is likely to pass following renewed momentum from the recent inauguration of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, […]

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    2 proposals address Illinois’ minimum wage

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Two proposals on raising Illinois’ minimum wage will be tackled by the new Illinois General Assembly. The Herald and Review reports Senate members have proposed raising the current minimum wage, which is $8.25 an hour, by 50 cents each year until reaching $11 in 2021 as part of a bipartisan budget package. A proposed bill by House members is meanwhile looking to bump up minimum wage to $15 an hour by October. Senate approved bills in […]

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    3 Missourians sentenced for fraudulent drug scheme

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Three Missourians have been sentenced for taking part in conspiracies to pass fraudulent prescriptions and steal oxycodone pills by robbing pharmacies. Federal prosecutors say 22-year-old Julian King, of Kansas City, was sentenced Wednesday to one year and nine months in prison without parole. On Tuesday, 31-year-old Tara Childress was sentenced to 12 years without parole and 33-year-old Michael Bellinghausen was sentenced to 11 years without parole. Childress and Bellinghausen are both from Gladstone. The three […]

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    Revised MLS stadium plan cuts St. Louis’ share by $20 million

    ST. LOUIS (AP) – There’s new life for a plan to have St. Louis taxpayers help fund a new downtown soccer stadium. Eight days after the public funding proposal was declared all but dead, Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia on Wednesday requested a hearing before the city Ways and Means Committee. The hearing is set for Thursday. Ingrassia says a revised proposal would ask voters to approve about $60 million in new tax revenue for the $200 million project. The earlier plan […]

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    9-year-old dies when farm tractor overturns in mid-Missouri

    EUGENE, Mo. (AP) _ Authorities say a 9-year-old boy has died after a farm tractor overturned in mid-Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the John Deere tractor was crossing a Miller County pond dam Tuesday afternoon when it went off the side and came to rest on its top. The patrol says Chesney Rush, of Eugene, was pronounced dead at the scene. The patrol’s crash report didn’t say whether the 40-year-old man who was driving the tractor was injured […]

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    Independence police investigating a homicide

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) _ Authorities are investigating a homicide in the Kansas City suburb of Independence. KMBC-TV reports that police say the victim had been shot when he was found Tuesday afternoon. The man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The name of the man wasn’t immediately released. Authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward.  

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    Teen and mom under arrest in Missouri State player’s death

    LAS VEGAS (AP) – Police say a teenager and his mother are under arrest in the death of a Missouri State University football player who tried to stop a fight involving his sister in Las Vegas. Police say the 17-year-old suspect was booked into juvenile detention Tuesday on suspicion of murder with a deadly weapon in the Saturday shooting that killed 18-year-old Richard J. Nelson. The teenager’s name was not released due to his age. His mother is being held […]

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    Right to work up for debate in Missouri House

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A contentious right-to-work bill to ban mandatory union fees is set to be debated by the Missouri House. On Wednesday, the Republican-led House is expected to take up the measure for an initial vote of approval. A final vote to send the legislation to the Senate could come as early as Thursday. GOP legislative leaders strongly support right to work. It’s on the fast-track to passage now backers have support from the state’s new Republican […]

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    Police: Girl, 5, accidentally shoots self at Chicago home

    CHICAGO (AP) _ Chicago police say a 5-year-old girl accidentally shot and wounded herself with a handgun at a home on the city’s west side. Police say the shooting happened Tuesday night in the East Garfield Park neighborhood and family members took the girl to a hospital. The girl was transferred to another hospital, where police say she was listed in serious condition. The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation.

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    Obama reduces sentence of Gangster Disciples ‘governor’

    CHICAGO (AP) _ Among the people having their sentences reduced by President Obama is Eric “Fat Eric” Wilson, a former “governor” in the Gangster Disciples street gang. Obama on Tuesday reduced the 44-year-old Wilson’s life sentence for engaging in drug dealing with six others to 35 years in prison. At the time of Wilson’s March 1998 sentencing, the Gangster Disciples was under the sway of Larry Hoover, who is currently serving a life sentence in federal prison in Colorado. Hoover […]

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    Illinois judges to be trained for in-school programs

    CHICAGO (AP) _ Illinois judges will undergo training to be able to present school programs that offer a positive image of the judiciary. The Illinois Judges Association will conduct the training in Chicago on Jan. 26. It is presented by the association’s In-School Programs Committee. The programs are aimed at kindergartners through high school students. For the youngest children, a judge reads the book “Abe Lincoln’s Hat.” It stokes interest in Lincoln and the law. There’s a program for middle-school […]

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    Hoffman, Stone score twice each; Senators beat Blues 6-4

    ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone each scored twice to lead the Ottawa Senators over the St. Louis Blues 6-4 on Tuesday night. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Bobby Ryan also scored for the Senators, who won their fourth straight at Scottrade Center for the first time in team history. Mike Condon made 19 saves. Paul Stastny, Kevin Shattenkirk, Alexander Steen and Patrik Berglund scored for the Blues, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Carter Hutton made 18 […]