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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Gov. Jay Nixon in a budget battle with State Auditor Tom Schweich.

The court ruled Tuesday that Schweich did not have legal standing to challenge about $170 million of spending cuts announced by Nixon in June 2011.

The cuts to education and other services were based partly on the expectation that Missouri would incur millions of dollars of unbudgeted costs from a deadly tornado that hit Joplin a month earlier. As it turns out, the Joplin costs came in lower than expected.

The Supreme Court said Schweich's challenge to the governor's budget-cutting authority amounted to a pre-audit of state spending. The court says the auditor does not have such powers.

 

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - An Oklahoma doctor is charged with using a teenage Missouri boy to produce child pornography.

The U.S. attorney's office says Shelby Coleman was arrested over the weekend after going to a Springfield hotel and texting instructions for the 16-year-old to come to his room. The 36-year-old Tulsa Women's Health Clinic doctor was charged Monday in federal court and is being held in the Greene County Jail. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

An affidavit says Coleman and the Laclede County teen sent one another sexually explicit text messages and images. The teen's father contacted the Missouri State Highway Patrol after discovering the messages, and a state trooper used the teen's phone to set up the meeting.

 

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   U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D) is chiding House Republicans for failing to allow an up-or-down vote on a so-called "clean funding" bill.  

   McCaskill released a statement as the midnight deadline passed in Washington, saying the government shutdown will upset economic recovery.  She criticized House Speaker John Boehner (R), calling his handing of the budget process "irresponsible political posturing."  

   The St. Louis County Democrat says the federal government shutdown will hurt Missourians by delaying veterans' benefits, causing  furloughs for 39,000 federal employees in Missouri, delaying loans for small businesses and Social Security checks for seniors enrolling in the program for the first time.

   During an interview with CNN's Wolfe Blitzer Monday evening, 2nd District Congresswoman Ann Wagoner (R) said the House GOP were the only ones working to avoid the shutdown.  

   The St. Louis County Republican criticized Senate leadership and President Obama for failing to negotiate over the weekend.  

   Wagoner issued a statement after the midnight deadline saying that she has waived her salary for the duration of the government shutdown "because congress didn't get the job done."  Wagoner blamed the deadlock on "partisan bickering."

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NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a southeast Missouri jail inmate.

The Sikeston Standard-Democrat reports that Daniel Presnell died Thursday morning at a hospital. He had been brought to the New Madrid County Jail Tuesday by a bail bondsman. Presnell was wanted for failure to appear in court on a charge of receiving stolen property.

Sheriff Terry Stevens says Presnell appeared intoxicated when he first arrived. He was taken to a Sikeston hospital when his condition failed to improve, then transferred to a hospital in Cape Girardeau, where he died.

An autopsy was conducted to determine the cause of death, and Stevens asked the patrol to investigate.

 

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Monday, 30 September 2013 13:37

Anesthesiology group raises execution concern

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A group representing Missouri anesthesiologists is urging the state to drop plans to use propofol in an upcoming execution, saying the fallout could jeopardize the availability of the anesthetic for thousands of U.S. hospitals and clinics that rely on it.

The Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists statement on Monday followed an Associated Press report last week citing possible European export controls if propofol is used in a U.S. execution. Missouri is the only state planning to use the drug.

Propofol is far and away the most commonly used anesthetic in the U.S., and around 85 percent of it is made in Europe. The European Union opposes the death penalty and is weighing whether to limit export, raising concerns about a potential U.S. propofol shortage.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri residents can begin enrolling Tuesday for health coverage offered through a new online insurance marketplace. But some supporters of the initiative are advising people to wait a while.

The health insurance exchanges are a key part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act signed by President Barack Obama. Though enrollment starts Tuesday, people can wait until December 15th to sign up and still be included when the insurance coverage starts January 1st.

The Missouri Foundation for Health is one of the many nonprofit groups spreading the word about the new insurance options. Foundation vice president Ryan Barker says there likely will be glitches when the website launches. He encourages people to check out the site, do some research and take some time to think about it before enrolling.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The planned use of a common anesthetic in a Missouri execution next month is raising concerns that the anti-death penalty European Union could limit export of the drug, endangering the supply to thousands of hospitals and clinics across the U.S.

Convicted killer Allen Nicklasson is scheduled to die Oct. 23 in the first execution to use propofol.

Fifty million vials of propofol are administered annually in the U.S. during surgery and other procedures requiring anesthetic. Roughly 85 percent of the U.S. supply is made in Europe by the German company Fresenius Kabi.

But the EU prohibits trade in goods that could be used for executions and is reviewing whether to subject propofol to controls that could slow export to the U.S.

Fresenius Kabi has launched a website expressing its concerns.

 

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Friday, 27 September 2013 15:25

Missouri politician admits to drug charges

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House member has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Democrat Jeremy LaFaver, of Kansas City, entered the pleas during a brief court hearing Friday in Boone County. He was fined $200 plus court costs on each charge and paid the penalties before leaving the courthouse.

The 33-year-old lawmaker says he made a mistake and is glad the incident is behind him.

A state trooper stopped LaFaver last month on Interstate 70 in Boone County for failing to respond to charges in Moniteau County of driving with expired license plates. The trooper reported finding a glass pipe and a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle.

LaFaver paid a $125 fine in Moniteau County for the vehicle registration charge earlier this week.

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas returned to Missouri Friday to help unveil a new nonprofit group focusing on job creation through low-tax state policies.

His St. Charles visit to promote Americans for Economic Freedom came after an August stop in which he criticized Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon for vetoing tax-cut legislation. State lawmakers subsequently failed in a veto override attempt.

On Saturday, Perry will speak to GOP conservatives at a regional meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Perry also met privately in August with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce in Clayton and held a political rally in Chesterfield. And he urged Missouri businesses to relocate to Texas in a series of radio ads.

Perry is considering whether to run for president in 2016 after an unsuccessful 2012 effort.

 

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013 13:20

Woman, 60, accused of abducting grandson in 2000

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) - A 60-year-old woman accused of abducting her baby grandson from Florida in 2000 moved around Missouri with the child for more than a decade, working at times in residential care facilities.

Sandy Hatte was arrested and charged this month with felony child abduction.

She appeared in Livingston County court Wednesday when a judge set a preliminary hearing for Oct. 23. Her lawyer, Melinda Troeger, declined comment.

The now-teenaged grandson has been reunited with his father and has returned to live with him in Alabama.

Investigators aren't saying how Hatte and the child got by or where they lived.

But an official with a Sedalia-based residential care company says Hatte worked for the company for a few years and was a "very good employee."

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