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Man charged with threatening class reunion

Sunday, 15 September 2013 09:52 Published in Local News

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County man has been charged with threatening violence at his 10-year high school reunion.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 28-year-old Andrew Middleton was charged Friday with making a terroristic threat. Bail was set at $25,000 cash. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Middleton is accused of posting several threatening status updates to his Facebook page and a Facebook page created to promote the reunion. Court documents say the reunion had been scheduled for Saturday night but was canceled because of the threats.

Middleton allowed police to search his apartment, and officers found five loaded firearms, a variety of ammunition and a 12-inch knife. Middleton said he was drunk and wrote the comments only "to get a rise out of people."

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A rodeo clown has performed for the first time since a controversial State Fair rodeo act that mocked President Barack Obama.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that rodeo clown Tuffy Gessling hammed it up for the crowd during a pro bull riding event Friday in Jefferson County.

Beforehand, Gessling said everything has been very overwhelming and that he's surprised people took offense to the politically themed skit. It featured another clown wearing an Obama mask, while Gessling made comments — including "We're gonna stomp Obama" — to the crowd.

Gessling says the skit had been performed before, and that several past presidents' faces were placed in similar scenarios. Gessling had other shows scheduled between his State Fair and Jefferson City appearances, but they were canceled.

Missouri GOP considering party loyalty statement

Sunday, 15 September 2013 09:48 Published in Local News

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Top Missouri Republicans are looking for ways to ensure greater party loyalty after a supermajority in the GOP-led House recently failed to enact an income tax cut.

Meeting Saturday in Kansas City, the Missouri Republican State Committee proposed a new requirement for candidates registering to run as Republicans. They would be asked to sign a statement saying: "I have read, understand and fundamentally support the platform of the Missouri Republican Party."

Supporters of the measure noted that tax cuts ought to be a central Republican philosophy.

Fifteen Republican House members defected from party leaders this week to help sustain Democratic Governor Jay Nixon's veto of an income tax cut. Some echoed his concerns about the effect on education funding.

The GOP committee took no action Saturday on the proposed policy.

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