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Applications for heating help decline in Missouri

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:43 Published in Local News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Despite a winter with periods of bitter cold and heavy snow, the use of a federal program that helps pay utility bills has declined in Missouri.
State officials say applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, are down 5 percent statewide from last winter.
The program provides up to $800 in emergencies to avoid utility shutoffs and general energy assistance. The grants are based on household size, household income and the type of fuel used.
The Department of Social Services says 138,260 people have applied for the assistance this year. Last year, 145,605 households applied.
 A Columbia nonprofit that uses the program told The Columbia Daily Tribune the drop off could be attributed to weatherization programs, and to economic recovery.
 

Investigators seeks answers in child's death

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:23 Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis homicide and child abuse detectives are investigating the death of a 1-year-old girl.
St. Louis police say officers were called to a home early Tuesday and found the child. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Police say the original call concerned a sick child but the girl's cause of death was not immediately known.
No other details were immediately available.

Missouri House seeks end to tax battle with Kansas

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:16 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee has advanced legislation seeking to end to a tax-break battle for businesses with Kansas.
The bill endorsed Monday by a special House business committee would affect four counties on each side of the Missouri-Kansas line in the Kansas City area.
Missouri would stop offering tax breaks tailored for businesses to move from those four Kansas counties into one of the four Missouri counties - but only if Kansas enacts a similar moratorium through legislation or an executive order.
The proposal comes after the states have waived hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenues competing with each other for businesses in the Kansas City area.
The counties at issue are Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass in Missouri, and Wyandotte, Johnson, Douglas and Miami in Kansas.
 

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