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Top Stories: Vice President Mike Pence will be in downtown St. Louis this morning to discuss the impact of the federal income tax cut and will appear at an event for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley afterward. The tax cut has been losing popularity, receiving 34% support in a recent poll. And the Missouri Highway Patrol has arrested […] Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:05:00 +0000
A state representative from southwest Missouri’s Carthage is the new vice chairman of the House Budget Committee. State Rep. Cody Smith, R-Carthage, who’s finishing his first House term, says the Budget Committee is the most important committee in the House. “It’s the one thing that we have to do, if we don’t move any other […] Thu, 19 Jul 2018 09:50:51 +0000
The Trump administration is proposing to restructure the U.S. Postal Service. President Donald Trump says privatizing the agency would allow the postal service to increase prices, deliver mail fewer days a week and give it greater flexibility during today’s digital world. During a committee hearing this week in Washington about the proposed plan, Missouri U.S. […] Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:51:09 +0000
Lawyers for the Missouri Democratic Party are appealing a Cole County judge’s decision to dismiss their lawsuit against Governor Mike Parson (R) and Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe (R). The Democratic Party has requested that the Missouri Supreme Court hear the appeal. The lawsuit alleged that the governor does not have authority to appoint a lieutenant […] Wed, 18 Jul 2018 21:22:48 +0000
Gov. Mike Parson has signed an executive order putting 47 Missouri counties on drought alert. The move calls upon the state Department of Natural Resources to activate the Drought Assessment Committee and the associated drought impact teams. The order directs all Missouri agencies to examine how the state can assist affected communities and identify communities […] Wed, 18 Jul 2018 21:22:26 +0000
MARIES COUNTY - At the City of Belle Fair, officers arrested a sex offender carrying a stun-gun Wednesday night.
Both the Maries County Sheriff's Office and the Belle Police Department arrested Scott Birmingham from Bland near the children's rides at the fair, the Office of the Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman posted on Facebook.
Birmingham had previously pled guilty for sexual misconduct with a child, and is currently on the sex offender registry in Gasconade County.
He is in the Maries County Jail pending a warrant.
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 4:47:30 AM
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A man who was shot to death on Sunday after shooting three Kansas City police officers had an extensive criminal background and a reputation for violence in Oklahoma that started when he was a teenager, according to a police detective who investigated him at the time.
Marlin James Mack Jr. was first arrested in Tulsa when he was 15 for breaking into cars and was later arrested for taking a gun to school. When he was 17, Mack was sentenced to prison for robbing a woman at gunpoint in front of her three children while he was on the Tulsa's police department's list of most wanted robbers, according to court records.
"At age 17 he was pretty much a liar and misfit extraordinaire," Tulsa police Sgt. David Walker, who as a robbery detective interviewed Mack in 2011, told The Kansas City Star.
Mack pleaded guilty in November 2011 to second-degree robbery, possession of a firearm as a juvenile and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. He was released from prison on March 19, 2015, but returned to prison seven months later for carrying a firearm despite being a felon. He was released on Feb. 6, 2017.
Mack had no criminal history in Missouri and Kansas. He had not come to the attention of Kansas City police until he became a person of interest in the July 7 shooting death of a 25-year-old Sharath Koppu during a robbery at a restaurant, Police Chief Rick Smith said Monday.
Law enforcement officers found Mack Sunday at a motel in east Kansas City. Two detectives were injured during a gunfight at the motel before Mack fled. He eventually holed up at a nearby home where another gun battle between Mack and police broke out. A third officer was shot, and Mack was killed.
Walker said Mack's father, Marlin James Mack, is serving a life sentence for shooting two people in the head in 2000. The elder Mack also was arrested for trafficking hundreds of pounds in marijuana and was alleged to be a co-conspirator with a Tulsa kingpin who was the subject of a major federal case, Walker said.
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 8:33:33 PM
MANSFIELD (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a trooper who was shot in southwest Missouri has been released from the hospital.
Patrol spokesman Sgt. Jeff Kinder says the trooper was shot Wednesday morning on a county road near Mansfield in Wright County.
Crewse was responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle when someone in the vehicle got into a gunfight with him and Mansfield police officers.
KYTV reports Kinder said the trooper, 39-year-old Robert Crewse, was grazed in the head by two bullets. He was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon.
Kinder says the suspect was shot several times and was hospitalized in Springfield. His identity and condition were not available.
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 8:28:02 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The white former interim police chief of St. Louis is alleging discrimination based on race in the selection of a permanent chief.
Lt. Col. Lawrence O'Toole was among six finalists for the permanent job late last year. The job went to the only other internal candidate, John Hayden, who is black.
O'Toole has filed complaints with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday.
Mayor Lyda Krewson, through a spokesman, said there was no discrimination and called the complaints "unfortunate."
Krewson chose O'Toole as interim chief after Sam Dotson retired on her first day in office in April 2017. O'Toole served about nine months.
In September, protesters accused police of heavy-handed arrests during demonstrations that followed the acquittal of a white former officer in the death of a black suspect. More than 100 people were arrested on a single night, including some journalists and many who claimed they were innocent bystanders.
The search for a permanent chief marked the first time St. Louis considered non-internal candidates. The city contracted with the International Association of Chiefs of Police to help with the search. A citizen's advisory committee also was involved.
The chief was ultimately chosen by Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards. Hayden, a 30-year veteran, was selected in December.
The complaints allege discrimination and retaliation, but details are not public records.
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 8:20:28 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump will visit Missouri next week to deliver his first address as president to the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars convention.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump will head to Kansas City on Tuesday to address the gathering.
Trump has made care for veterans a priority of his administration, although the Department of Veterans Affairs is currently without a permanent secretary. The full Senate has yet to vote on Trump's nomination of Pentagon official Robert Wilkie to lead the VA.
Missouri is also the scene of a closely watched U.S. Senate race pitting Republican state attorney general Josh Hawley against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. The president has endorsed Hawley.
Trump last addressed the VFW convention in 2016 as a candidate for president.
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 8:13:07 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