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Gas Tax Increase Considered For Illinois

Monday, 14 April 2014 08:48 Published in Local News
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois gas station owners are speaking out against proposals for a fuel tax hike being floated in Springfield this year.
 
Retail gas station leaders will announce their opposition to such a plan at a news conference on Monday afternoon in the state Capitol. They say increasing the gas tax in a tough economy would hurt drivers and businesses owners.
   
Two weeks ago, a state transportation group unveiled their plan for funding road construction and public transit. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition's proposal included increasing the gas tax by 4 cents. They also called for higher vehicle registration fees and ending the ethanol credit for gasoline.
 
Funding from the state's five-year capital construction program is set to run out this year. The state gas tax hasn't been increased since 1990.
 

Missouri Senate To Debate Lobbying Ethics

Monday, 14 April 2014 08:41 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate majority leader says the chamber could debate ethics legislation this week that would curb lobbying.
 
The bill would make lawmakers wait two years after their terms expire before registering as lobbyists. It would require lobbyists to report expenditures within 48 hours and would prohibit out-of-state spending on travel, lodging, food and entertainment.
 
Another provision would bar legislators from serving as paid political consultants to fellow lawmakers.
 
Missouri is the only state to allow the trio of unlimited contributions to candidates, unlimited gifts from lobbyists and no waiting period before an elected official can lobby.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - One person is dead and another hospitalized after a shooting on Interstate 70 near Kansas City.  Kansas City, Kansas police say the shooting happened around 4 a.m. Monday.
 
Both victims went to the University of Kansas Hospital, where one died and the other was being treated for what police call critical injuries. Police released no information on a possible suspect.
 
The shooting come as authorities investigate a string of shootings at vehicles, many on interstate highway in the Kansas City area. But police did not say if Monday's shooting is related to the earlier incidents.
 

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