Clinton, Sanders spar over taxes, health care

DALLAS (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign is launching a new offensive on taxes, saying Bernie Sanders’ health care plan would require middle-class workers to pay higher taxes. Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon says in a statement that a 2013 proposal by Sanders in the Senate to create a single-payer health care system showed middle-class…

Man shot by trooper in St. Louis casino garage charged

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A man shot and wounded by a Missouri state trooper in a St. Louis casino’s parking garage last weekend is accused of assaulting a police officer. St. Louis prosecutors charged 28-year-old Javon Burton of Vinita Park with second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action. The Missouri State…

Audit notes concerns in Missouri Conservation Department

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A state audit of the Missouri Department of Conservation has noted concerns over how the department awards grants. Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway said in a release Friday that the Conservation Department received a good performance rating overall. But she says auditors identified an instance in which the department overpaid a…

Former Missouri-Columbia head to keep bulk of old salary

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – The former chancellor of the University of Missouri’s flagship Columbia campus will get more than $344,000 a year in his new role heading up the school’s research. The Associated Press obtained Loftin’s transition agreement Monday under Missouri’s open records law. It shows that R. Bowen Loftin will earn three-quarters of the…

IDNR: Be safe as firearm deer hunting starts

( KTRS ) Illinois authorities are urging hunters to be safe as firearm deer-hunting season gets underway. The seven-day season starts Friday for a three-day period. A final four-day period starts Dec. 3. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says there were 20 hunting accidents in all of 2014, with two deaths. Ten of the incidents…