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Veto override still unsure on MO income tax cut

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 03:32 Published in Local News

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Some Republicans in the Missouri House say a veto override appears likely for a high-profile gun bill, but the odds remain uncertain for a tax-cutting measure after a meeting of GOP lawmakers.

   House Republicans who attended a private weekend caucus said Monday that there was a lot of discussion about the income tax cut vetoed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

   The bill's sponsor, Rep. T.J. Berry of Kearney, says he feels more optimistic about the prospects of an override. But the meeting may not have changed too many minds. Rep. Don Phillips, of Kimberling City, says he still plans to vote "no."

   Rep. Doug Funderburk, of St. Peters, says his bill attempting to nullify some federal gun-control laws received little Republican opposition and appears poised for a veto override.

 

Judge warns of telephone scam involving jury duty

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 03:08 Published in Local News

   EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - The chief federal judge in southern Illinois is warning citizens not to fall for a telephone scam involving jury duty and possible identity theft.

   U.S. District Judge David Herndon says the caller poses as a court official and threatens prosecution for shirking jury duty. The caller then tries to extract confidential data from the call's recipient.

   Herndon warns the calls don't involve actual court officials, are bogus and could be used for identity theft and fraud if the person called divulges such things as his or her Social Security or credit card numbers.

   The judge adds federal courts don't require anyone to provide sensitive information by telephone, with most legitimate contact taking place by mail.

   Herndon urges anyone who gets such a call to notify the local federal court clerk.

 

Belleville 201 teachers to get pay raise

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 02:52 Published in Local News

   Even as some metro-east school districts continue to wrestle with budget shortfalls, Belleville District 201 teachers will be getting a pay raise.  

   The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the school board Monday night unanimously approved a partial salary step increase this year and next.  Superintendent Jeff Dosier told the paper that instead of a full step increase, teachers will get 75 percent of a step increase.  

   The cost of the pay raises will be covered by retirements and vacant teaching positions not being filled.  

   The teachers' new contract goes into effect September 1st.

   The school board also approved new contracts with the district's custodians, engineers and teacher aids.

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