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Top Stories: 11 bills and two resolutions were filed by Missouri lawmakers in the first day of a special session called by Governor Eric Greitens, most of them dealing with Greitens’ priority of offering rate making adjustments to allow an aluminum smelter and a steel plant to operate in southeast Missouri. And a Senate Democrat […] Tue, 23 May 2017 12:03:50 +0000
Jontay Porter is frustrated by some of the responses he’s getting on social media after he announced he would play basketball at Mizzou. We already saw that coming…the big question, when does he start playing? Missouri-Missouri State football. Barry Odom doesn’t like the idea of playing against his dear friend Dave Steckel. This game was […] Tue, 23 May 2017 11:28:39 +0000
A formal lawsuit was filed Monday in an attempt to nullify a recently enacted anti-discrimination ordinance in St. Louis. The legal move was expected from pro-life groups after the Republican dominated state legislature failed to advance measures to override the city law. The ordinance prohibits housing and employment discrimination based on a person’s reproductive health […] Tue, 23 May 2017 10:30:17 +0000
The Missouri Farm Bureau president describes the 2017 legislative session as “historic”. Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst praises the Missouri Legislature’s quick passage of dicamba legislation, which increased the penalties for illegal use of herbicides. “This (bill) was to address the dicamba situation that occurred last year in southeast Missouri,” Hurst says. “Representative Don Rone […] Tue, 23 May 2017 09:55:02 +0000
The Royals lost their opening at Yankee Stadium Monday night losing 4-2. Jason Vargas and reliever Seth Maness were the victims of three home runs hit by New York. KC had a chance to tie the game in the seventh, but an overturned call took a run off the board. The Royals were down 3-2 […] Tue, 23 May 2017 09:09:38 +0000
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A senior Palestinian official says he expects President Donald Trump's visit to the Holy Land to reopen a path toward resuming long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Trump is meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday in the West Bank's biblical city of Bethlehem.
Trump has said he wants to broker a deal that has proven elusive for the past two decades. The Palestinians want a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, captured by Israel half a century ago.
Abbas' adviser Majdi Khaldi told the Voice of Palestine radio that in the short term, renewed negotiations must address the Palestinians' economic problems that are linked to continued conflict and Israeli restrictions on trade and movement.
Khaldi says that "this visit will open the way for relaunching the peace process."
Tue, 23 May 2017 7:00:01 AM
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 6-year-old St. Louis boy's plea for an end to violence has been viewed by tens of thousands of people.
Jeffrey Laney's mother posted the video on her Facebook page last week. It shows Jeffrey pleading for the safety of himself and his family, saying, "I don't want nothing to happen to all my family, and I'm really serious because I'm really scared to die and I'm really scared for my family to die."
Nearly 100,000 people had viewed the video by Monday afternoon.
Tue, 23 May 2017 5:42:11 AM
FULTON - Tornado sirens in Fulton sounded around 8:30 p.m. Monday night, but there was no severe weather in the area.
According to the National Weather Service, the sirens were prematurely sounded after deputies reported to the Callaway County Emergency Manager they saw funnel clouds.
The Callaway County Sheriff's Office dispatch supervisor on duty told KOMU 8 News the deputy who reported the funnel cloud is also a trained stormspotter. The NWS confirmed it was not a funnel cloud and was able to identify the formation.
The KOMU 8 Weather Team said there was no threat for tornadoes or severe weather at the time of the sirens sounding. However, Meteorologist Kenton Gewecke said it can be easy to mistake ominous clouds for funnel clouds during low light, as this happened around dusk.
Mon, 22 May 2017 9:16:18 PM
JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri State Legislators introduced three new versions of the “Steel Mill Bill” after returning from their one-week vacation.
Sen. Ed Emery, R-Henry, Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington and Sen. Wayne Wallingford R-Wayne Counties, each proposed a bill on the steel mill case. Each, with variations on the following criteria:
- The accommodation of a steel mill and an aluminum smelting plant in Southeast Missouri.
- Giving the Public Services Commission (PSC) authority to approve a special electricity rate for the aluminum smelting facility, steel works facility or other similar facilities.
- Authorizing the PSC to allow electrical corporations an opportunity to earn a return.
Supporters of the Steel Mill Bill tout the jobs it could bring to Southeast Missouri.
“If we don’t go into special session and wait until next year, that opportunity is going to pass them,” Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Jefferson County, said. “We’re not going to get those jobs, so that’s the urgency of why we are going to the special session.”
Emery said the economic impact of the bill is what makes calling the special session relevant.
“When the $2 hundred million a cooperation will be making in the state plus the jobs, 500 or more, very high paying jobs,” Emery said. “We are talking about an economic impact for Missouri that is beyond what most of us would imagine, and in particular for Southeast Missouri where it is a very economic depressed region.”
Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill agreed with the need for a special session, but hoped there would be more then one item to the agenda.
“It’s deeply discouraging that an opioid epidemic ravaging Missouri communities is apparently so low on the Governor’s list of priorities that it wouldn’t make this agenda of a special session, and I urge him to reconsider,” McCaskill said.
On Thursday, Gov. Eric Greitens posted a displeased post in his Facebook page. In his post he said “We are fighting to bring more jobs to the people of Missouri. Some career politicians failed to do their jobs and then went home. That’s wrong. We’re canceling their summer vacations and calling a special session to get this done.”
The specific locations of the developments stated in the bill have not been established.
The Senate will meet to discuss the bills and assign them to special committees on Wednesday.
Mon, 22 May 2017 7:58:00 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The newest addition to the St. Louis Zoo is a critically endangered black rhino.
The boy calf named Moyo was born Wednesday. The zoo announced the birth Monday and says he is nursing well and bonding with his mother.
It's just the second black rhino born at the zoo in the past 26 years. Zookeepers aren't yet saying when he'll make his public debut.
The zoo says the black rhino population in Africa dropped by 96 percent from 1970 to 1992 due mostly to illegal poaching. The number has increased over the past 25 years, but current estimates still show only a little over 5,000 in the wild.
The zoo is part of a program that manages a genetically healthy population of black rhinos in North American zoos.
Mon, 22 May 2017 7:45:59 PM
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A federal judge followed through on his promise Wednesday and blocked abortion-restricting rules in Missouri, saying he's bound by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and that the state is denying abortion rights "on a daily basis,… Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:27:00 -0500
The city will solicit resident feedback on proposals to increase ridership on the city's bus system, in part by increasing how often buses arrive at each stop. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0500
American Outdoor Brands will save nearly $2.8 million over a decade after the Boone County Commission unanimously approved tax breaks for the shooting and hunting equipment company on Tuesday. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0500
Boone County deputies will conduct at least one sobriety checkpoint between Thursday and Sunday, according to a news release. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0500
A Missouri State Highway Patrol DWI checkpoint in Moniteau County led to several arrests Friday, the agency said in a news release. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0500