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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - It's opening day at the Missouri Capitol, where lawmakers are gathering for the start of their annual session.
   The session that begins at noon Wednesday will officially be known as the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly. It will run through May 16.
   The agenda will be topped by an effort for the second straight year to cut income taxes, and proposals to revamp a Missouri law allowing students in unaccredited districts to transfer to other nearby schools.
   For the first time in a while, lawmakers also will be operating under different revenue projections than Gov. Jay Nixon. Those financial differences could be magnified when the Democratic governor outlines his budget proposals Jan. 21.
   Republicans outnumber Democrats 108-52 in the House and 24-9 in the Senate.
 
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 04:11
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   A small patch of forest in St. Louis County could be a big part of understanding global climate change.  

   In November, the 60-acre plot at Washington University's Tyson Research Center near Eureka was named a Smithsonian Institution Global Earth Observatory.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the land between Lone Elk and West Tyson County Parks is now part of a network of 52 other forest plots scattered around the world being used to study climate change and biodiversity.  

   In part, the Smithsonian project is examining both how climate change affects forests and how forests affect climate change.  

   The Tyson plot is expected to provide a lot of information because scientists have been monitoring it since the 1980s and have collected data covering two of Missouri's worst droughts, 1988 and 2012.  The latter was the worst on record.

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 03:12
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   PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Former players for the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks will play a charity hockey game to benefit victims of November's deadly tornadoes.
   The game will be Jan. 15 at the Peoria Civic Center. The money will go to the Salvation Army Tornado Relief Fund. Tickets are $10. The game is being called "Skate Strong." A special pre-game ceremony is planned.
   The Peoria Journal Star reports that tentative Chicago Blackhawks alumni who will play include Denis Savard, Dave Mackey, Reggie Kerr, Murray Bannerman, Reid Simpson, Denis Cyr, Cliff Koroll and Grant Mulvey. Former St. Louis Blues players include Kelly Chase, Reed Low, Jeff Brown, Terry Yake, Gino Cavallini, John Wensink, Alex Brooks and Steve Martins.
   About two dozen tornadoes struck Illinois on Nov. 17, killing seven.
 
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 02:36
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   The fate of former St. Louis Mayor Freeman Bosley, Jr. will be in the hands of a three member state disciplinary panel.  The Missouri office that oversees lawyers has refused a plea agreement regarding Bosley's mishandling of client funds.  
   The former mayor admitted in court last month to charges that he failed to keep adequate records, combined personal and client funds and even used client funds to pay personal expenses.  
   Alan Pratzel of the Missouri Supreme Court's Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that documents Bosley filed to clear up a settlement dispute were "insufficient."  So today, Bosley and state prosecutors must submit punishment recommendations to the panel which will decide his fate.
   Punishment can range from a reprimand up to disbarment.
   Bosley served one term as mayor of St. Louis in the mid 1990s.
 
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 02:08
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No time line for repairs after a water pipe ruptured at a north county elementary school.
A sprinkler head burst at Johnson-Wabash Elementary School due to subzero temperatures. Two-thirds of the school sustained water damage from the break. District administrators notified families of students at the school and officials are still trying to determine where classes will be held until repairs are done.
The school was closed Tuesday due to frigid conditions.
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 17:31
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The Humane Society of Missouri is taking care of 50 animals that were taken from a Franklin County Home.
 
Sheriff's Deputies found the animals while responding to a home where a woman had fallen. The Humane Society will care for the cats, rabbits, and birds until the woman can take care of the animals on her own.
 
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 17:28
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A collision between and Amtrak train and semi truck in Kirkwood this afternoon.

 

Police say the semi was hit by the train at the intersection of Scott and Leffingwell. No reports of any injuries at this time.

 

Police still do not know what caused the semi to be on the tracks in front of the train.

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 16:59
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KTRS - St. Louis - St. Louis County Police are leading the search for a murder suspect.
 
Police say John Tevillion, who is also known by the nickname "Birdie", is the suspect in a double shooting in Northwoods. The shootings happened Monday evening around 5 PM. One person was killed another injured. Trevillion was last seen in a 1997 silver Dodge Ram 1500, with Missouri license plate 2YR634.
 
Authorities say he is armed and dangerous. If you have any information on Trevillion’s whereabouts, you are urged to call the St. Louis County Police at 314-889-2341 or 911
 
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 16:20
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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.
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 16:18
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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. 

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