Friday, 28 March 2014 12:23 Published in Local News
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers have advanced a proposal to allow bobcat hunting for the first time in more than 40 years.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports the Illinois House voted 91-20 Thursday in favor of the measure. It now goes to the Senate.
Illinois banned hunting of the nocturnal animal in 1972. Bobcats were on the threatened species list from 1977 to 1999.
But supporters say the population has made a comeback.
Republican state Rep. Wayne Rosenthal of Morrisonville is the bill's sponsor.
He says the bobcat population is growing in rural, non-farming areas of western and southern Illinois.
The hunting and trapping season would occur sometime between Nov. 1 and Feb. 15. A hunter would be allowed to kill one bobcat per year.
Friday, 28 March 2014 12:20 Published in Local News
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) – It wasn’t loud noise or an argument that led to a peace disturbance call at Hannibal City Hall, it was a person’s unpleasant odor.
The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that several city hall workers on Tuesday called police to complain that a person who came into the building smelled so bad they wanted him removed. The northeast Missouri town’s municipal code allows people to be cited for peace disturbance because of a “noxious and offensive” odor.
The man agreed to leave the building. A short time later, workers at a neighboring business called police, the same person had gone there, the smell following with him.
The person left that building, too, at the urging of police. No arrest was made.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says any "discussion of tax cuts is a nonstarter" until lawmakers first take steps to curb the amount of money going to tax breaks for developers.
Nixon's statement Thursday came a day after the Senate gave initial approval to legislation that could gradually reduce the state's income tax rates, beginning in 2017.
An income tax cut is a top priority this year for Republicans.
The Democratic governor vetoed a tax-cut plan last year and has threatened to do so again unless it meets several criteria. Those include full funding for public schools and new limits on tax credit programs for the development of low-income housing and historic buildings.
The Senate bill is not contingent upon conditions being met.