Governor Jay Nixon says Texas Governor Rick Perry crossed the line when he voiced an ad that is airing across Missouri. The ad tries to lure businesses to Texas by slamming Missouri's tax policy. Governor Nixon does not appreciate the message and says it demonstrates that Perry does not have a good understanding of the reality confronting leaders.
"Anybody who thinks that the future is going to be made by state-against-state pettiness doesn't understand that there are factories opening up in China, that there are kids in school in France, that we have to compete to win the future," said Nixon.
Perry is running the ads ahead of a trip to the Show-me-State in which he will rally Missouri lawmakers to override Governor Nixon's veto of a bill that would have lowered some taxes and raised other.
Nixon had recommendations on what the governor do in Missouri. "When he comes, he [should] go to a store and buy something because he'll notice it's cheaper in Missouri because we have a lower sales tax rate," said Nixon. "And when he's here, maybe he ought to look at buying a house, because our property taxes are way lower than they are in Texas. And he won't have any trouble getting somebody who can help him add up the numbers, because our kids' ACT scores are way higher than they are in Texas."
Lawmakers meet on September 11 to decide which bills they will try to override.
Charges are filed against a 20-year-old man for allegedly shooting and killing his teenage sister.
Police say Marcus Anderson accidentally shot his sister, Alicia Anderson in their North St. Louis home Thursday afternoon. It appears that Marcus, who has a mental disability, was playing with a shotgun when he fired the shot. Investigators say the gun did not belong any family members, but was being stored for a family friend.
A judge set Anderson's bond at $20,000.
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A self-described conservative and anti-abortion activist says she'll mount a second Democratic challenge to Republican congressman John Shimkus.
Angela Michael tells the Belleville News-Democrat she's challenging the long-time incumbent and hopes to use her candidacy to draw attention to abortion.
She did the same thing in 2012 when Democrats didn't mount an opponent to face Shimkus, who was first elected to congress in 1996. Michael received about 31 percent of the vote in that general election, compared with Shimkus' 69 percent.
Michael and her husband have 13 children and regularly protest outside an area abortion clinic. She says he hopes to use FCC laws about election advertisements to show graphic images of fetuses, the way she did in 2012.
The 15th District includes 33 counties.
Two Lindbergh school district students are receiving recognition for an academic achievement: they both got a perfect score on the ACT.
Senior Ben Ledeaux and freshman Roo-nak Bera aced the test--a feat accomplished by less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT nationwide. The Lindbergh School District says both students are in Lindbergh’s PEGS program, Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Missouri Botanical Garden has completed a 26-year effort to document the state's extensive plant life.
The flora encyclopedia fills almost 1,400 pages and lists nearly 3,000 plants. It's the third volume in a series started 50 years ago by the St. Louis research center.
Each plant species is described in great detail. There are notes on taxonomy, distribution, plant uses and conservation issues. The state Department of Conservation collaborated on the project.
A woman is in critical condition after being shot in the head.
Police say the woman was in a car with three other people around 10:45 last night when a car pulled alongside them and someone opened fire. The woman was hit in the head and rushed to the hospital. Officers say there was a baby in the car when the shooting occurred.
The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
A warning to members of Missouri Credit Union: Attorney General Chris Koster says there was an accidental release of personal information earlier this summer.
Koster is encouraging members of the credit union to monitor their accounts. Missouri Credit Union officials alerted Koster that the information was only available for a short time and they quickly fixed the problem. The credit union has 39,000 members. Koster also listed several warning signs that your identity may have been stolen.
They included receiving unexplained mail, receiving several phone calls for another person, and being denied credit.
Addition signs that you may be the victim of identity theft include:
- Receiving unexplained mail;
- Having mail rerouted or stopped;
- Receiving multiple phone calls for another person;
- Being denied credit;
- Learning of unexplained changes to your credit score;
- Seeing accounts which are not your own on your credit report;
- Receiving collection calls for another's accounts;
- Being told by a service provider, lender or banker that your Social Security number cannot be verified or is already in use in their system;
- Receiving telephone calls from someone who wants to obtain additional information about you;
- Being told by a vendor or provider that they cannot verify your account or locate your account:
- Unexpected notices by mail, email, or text that your address or password have been changed;
- Seeing unexplained charges or withdrawals from accounts;
- Noticing unusual charges to accounts.
For more information on reporting and protecting yourself from identity theft, visit the attorney general's website or call the Consumer Hotline at 800-392-8222.
The daredevil who had plans to put on an aerial show over downtown St. Louis this evening, will not see his plans get off the ground.
Alexander Polli planned to jump from a plane in a wingsuit around 6 PM. Polli would then glide across the Mississippi River and use a parachute to land in Illinois. The FAA raised security concerns and have delayed the jump.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The agency that operates mass transit services in the St. Louis area will resume contract talks with a labor union on Sept. 9.
The plan to renew talks with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788 was announced Thursday by Bi-State Development Agency president and CEO John Nations. The union represents operators of St. Louis Metro bus and the light rail MetroLink, along with mechanics and some clerical staff.
Tens of thousands of commuters use Metro buses and MetroLink trains every day in the St. Louis region.
Nations says the union has assured him there will be no work stoppages before the two sides return to the negotiating table.
The final member of a massive prearranged funeral scam has been convicted for his role in the fraud.
David Wulf was found guilty of 18 counts of various types of fraud. Prosecutors say Wulf and other executives at National Prearranged Services hatched a $600 million dollar scheme to defraud customers.
The remaining five defendants, including heads of the company Doug and Brent Cassity, all pleaded guilty. All six convicts will be sentenced in November.