Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:22 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is raising new concerns that an income tax cut passed by the Legislature could have "cataclysmic" consequences for state revenues.
The Democratic governor said Tuesday that the bill could eliminate taxes on all income over $9,000, punching a $4.8 billion hole in the state budget.
Republican legislative leaders called Nixon's assertion "ridiculous," "absurd" and "laughable."
Nixon did not veto the bill Tuesday but has indicated he will do so.
House Majority Leader John Diehl said Tuesday that lawmakers will attempt to override the veto before their session ends May 16.
An override requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers. That means Republicans would have to vote in block and pick up the support of at least one House Democrat.
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says crews are trying to finish a series of controlled burns around the state.
WNIJ Radio reports the fires that are deliberately set to stimulate certain plant growth got a late start this year. That's because the ground was wet and snow covered after the long, harsh winter. Burning typically begins in mid-March and runs through mid-April.
Chris Young is a spokesman for the agency. He says some crews have finished the controlled burns in portions of the state, but are still conducting them in northern Illinois.
Young says there's no set number of acres that needs to be burned this year, but the agency typically burns between 10,000 and 20,000.
The areas that are burned are typically portions of prairies and woodlands.
Monday, 21 April 2014 15:19 Published in Local News
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting in court that he was driving impaired when he caused a 2012 wreck that killed a highway construction worker.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 36-year-old Michael Jeter of West Frankfort pleaded guilty Monday in St. Clair County to four counts of aggravated driving under the influence.
Authorities have said Jeter was on the sleep aid Ambien and an antihistamine at the time of the May 2012 wreck on Interstate 64.
Authorities say the crash killed 38-year-old contract worker Dennis Beard of Pocahontas and injured three others who were waiting in the median to paint stripes on the freeway.
Jeter's sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 4.