JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is cheering the decision of lawmakers to sustain his veto of an income tax cut bill.
The House voted 94-67 Wednesday to override Nixon's veto, well short of the 109 votes needed for a two-thirds majority.
Nixon issued a statement Wednesday saying the vote was "a defining moment for our state and a victory for all Missourians."
He called the legislation "fiscally irresponsible" and asserted that it would have "defunded our schools and weakened our economy."
Fifteen Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the veto override.
Republican Party leaders had said the legislation was needed to help businesses compete with neighboring states that have recently cut taxes.
The bill would have gradually reduced income taxes both for businesses and individuals.
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man is jailed on $5 million bond after being accused of stabbing his 7-year-old niece to death.
Effingham County prosecutors charged 22-year-old Justin DeRyke on Wednesday with three counts of first-degree murder. The criminal complaint alleges DeRyke stabbed Willow Long in the chest with a knife Sunday.
Four of the hundreds of volunteers who searched for the girl found her body Monday night near the small town of Watson, where the girl and DeRyke lived. DeRyke was arrested Tuesday morning.
Authorities have said Willow's mother was feeling ill and went back to bed Sunday morning, only to wake up a short time later and find her daughter missing.
A judge has given time for DeRyke to hire an attorney. DeRyke doesn't have a listed home telephone number.
IDOT and MoDOT continue bi-annual bridge inspections tomorrow. Wednesday, crews had lanes closed on the Chain of Rocks and Clark Bridges.
Thursday, the eastbound right lane on the MLK Bridge will be closed from 8 AM to noon. The eastbound left lane will remain open.