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Missouri governor, lawmakers differ on priorities

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 16:18 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers open their annual session Wednesday with some different priorities than those of Gov. Jay Nixon.
 
Republican legislators plan to pursue an income tax cut again after the Democratic governor vetoed last year's attempt.
 
House Speaker Tim Jones wants to consider "right to work" legislation that prohibits union bargaining fees from being a condition of employment. Nixon has said he would veto such legislation, so lawmakers may consider bypassing Nixon by referring it to the ballot.
 
Nixon has made Medicaid expansion a priority for a second straight year. But it's still not a priority for Republican legislative leaders.
 
There is agreement among the governor and some lawmakers that Missouri should change its student transfer law affecting unaccredited school districts. But so far, there is no consensus on a specific plan.

Police identify woman killed in accident on snowy I-44

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 13:24 Published in Local News

Police have identified the driver who died in a car accident on Interstate-44 yesterday.

Morgan Ciota was driving eastbound on 44 near the Jefferson exit when she lost control of her car. The driver of a semi truck saw her car start to spin and the driver tried to avoid Ciota. But the semi slid into the car. When emergency crews arrived they pronounced Ciota dead on the scene.

Police believe that speed may have been a factor in the accident. 

Two men facing charges for Cahokia murder

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 12:24 Published in Local News
CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) - Investigators in southern Illinois have charged two people with the Cahokia (kuh-HOH'-kee-uh) shooting death of a 17-year-old from St. Louis.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports 24-year-old Nikkei Turner is being held on $3 million bond for the Dec. 30 slaying. Meanwhile, 23-year-old Henry Davis is being held on $5 million bond. Both are from St. Louis.
 
The two are accused of killing Allen S. Templeton in the Pheasant Hill Mobile Home Park.
 
Police say he was shot in the head and neck in retaliation for an earlier robbery.
 
It wasn't immediately clear if either man had an attorney.
 
Cahokia is a village of about 15,000 residents in St. Clair County

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