JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed legislation that would have expanded an infrastructure surcharge for gas companies.
Gas utilities have been allowed to seek approval from the Public Service Commission to levy a surcharge for infrastructure replacements. The charge is levied between formal rate cases, and the gas companies must file for a more involved rate case every three years.
The legislation would have required full rate cases every five years and would have increased the cap on how much gas companies could collect through the surcharge.
Nixon said the legislation also would have allowed companies to recover from customers much of the uncollectable debt from customers who do not pay.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri is naming its side of a new Mississippi River span the "Stan Musial Memorial Bridge" for the late St. Louis Cardinals great.
But the state might not have the exclusive naming rights. Federal legislation approved by Congress and awaiting action by President Barack Obama names it the "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge." That name represents a compromise between Missouri lawmakers who wanted to honor Musial and Illinois lawmakers who wanted to honor military veterans.
Governor Jay Nixon signed Missouri's legislation Wednesday. It also names part of a highway for construction worker Andy Gammon, who died while building the new Mississippi River bridge.
Missouri's legislation also names an existing St. Louis bridge for former Congressman William Clay, who won the first of 16 U.S. House terms in 1968.
Keith Conway, the former mayor of Kinloch, find himself in a courtroom again.
Conway is charged with falsifying his employment records while staying at a halfway house. He was staying at the halfway house after serving 21 months for using city money to pay for personal expenses, including buying a condo in Florida. As part of conditions for full release from the bureau of prisons, Conway was to obtain full time employment.
Court documents allege that Conway submitted false paycheck stubs to officials. He faces a five year sentence if convicted of lying.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A gun owner whose lawsuit spurred the Illinois concealed carry law that took effect this week is asking a federal court to allow the public possession of firearms immediately.
Mary Shepard and the National Rifle Association filed a motion for an injunction Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for southern Illinois. Shepard's motion says gun owners should not have to wait to carry because of Illinois lawmakers' "procrastination."
A federal appeals court ruled in December that it's unconstitutional for Illinois to continue prohibiting concealed carry. But lawmakers finally adopted a plan Tuesday - the court's deadline. Now the Illinois State Police have six months to set up a system and three months to approve or deny applications after that.
The motion notes the ban remains in effect until then.
St. Louis County cell phone retailers are invited to a cell phone theft forum tomorrow.
The St. Louis County Police Department is holding the event in response to the recent string of smash-and-grab store robberies. Retailers are invited to attend Thursday at 4PM in the Grace Union Church in the 3900 block of Union.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is using his veto power to try and suspend state lawmakers' pay because of their inaction on Illinois' pension crisis.
The Chicago Democrat is announcing the news Wednesday. He says there'll be no paychecks for legislators until they get the job done.
The Associated Press obtained details of the plan before Wednesday's announcement.
Quinn's using his line-item veto power in a budget bill that's on his desk. Lawmakers have to approve his changes.
The bill gives the state comptroller the ability to issue paychecks to state employees. Quinn's announcement comes a day after he said there would be consequences for lawmakers who didn't send him a pension overhaul plan by Tuesday's deadline.
The state has nearly $100 billion in unfunded pension liability, the worst of any state.
The flags are at half-staff in Fairview Heights after a man known for his community service was struck and killed while riding his bicycle Wednesday morning.
Sixty-two year old Phil Lubeck was named citizen of the year in 2011 by the Fairview Heights Chamber of Commerce. He was a fixture on the town’s Homecoming Committee and volunteered at Grace Church.
Police say Lubeck was struck along Route 159 when he turned into the path of an oncoming car. He was rushed to a hospital where he died.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois public health officials say they've found the season's first West Nile-positive bird in southwestern Illinois.
The Monroe County starling's test results come two months after the state found the year's first mosquitoes with the virus.
The agency's director says that means it's "only a matter of time" until the illness is found in humans this season.
The first mosquitoes carrying West Nile were found in May in Cook County. Since then, West Nile's been found in animals in a total of 17 counties.
Last year, the virus was found in 55 of the state's counties and nearly 300 people contracted the illness. Twelve died.
This year's spring flooding caused an increase in mosquitoes - both the kind that carry the virus and those that don't.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed seven bills dealing with the military and veterans.
Nixon was promoting four of the measures Wednesday during events in Springfield and Cape Girardeau.
One of the bills could help veterans qualify for lower in-state tuition rates at Missouri's public colleges and universities immediately after they leave the military.
Veterans with an honorable or general discharge will be required to "demonstrate presence and declare residency" to receive in-state tuition. Students currently must live in Missouri for 12 consecutive months, obtain a Missouri driver's license and earn at least $2,000 during a 12-month period.
Other newly signed measures are designed to help the state treasurer identify the owners of military medals that are unclaimed property and deal with voting by those overseas and in the military.
Two students and a construction worker were taken to the hospital after a chemical leak at Hazelwood East High School.
Around 10:40 AM, a Police resource officer noticed a strange odor. All students attended summer school were evacuated while the source of the odor was located. Fire crews are on site and expect to have the investigation completed by 2PM.
No word on the condition of the three hospitalized victims.