The full Illinois Senate will consider a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. The Senate Executive Committee voted Wednesday to approve the proposal.
The measure allows physicians to prescribe limited amounts of marijuana to patients who have been diagnosed with certain medical conditions. Under the bill, patients who use the drug would automatically consent to sobriety fields test should a police officer suspect they were driving under the influence of the drug.
Supporters say marijuana can relieve continual pain without causing the harmful side effects of some prescription drugs.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has rejected tough new evaluation standards for school principals and administrators.
The House voted 82-76 to defeat the measure Wednesday, one of Republican House Speaker Tim Jones' top education priorities.
This marks the second defeat of legislation to impose evaluations based largely on student achievement. Previous versions of the bill would have subjected teachers to the evaluation standards, but that provision was removed from this bill in an effort to pass the measure.
The evaluations would have started in the 2014-15 academic year and would've included multiple measures and be conducted at least annually. School personnel would have been classified on a four-point scale ranging from highly effective to ineffective.
Detectives with the St. Louis Major Case Squad are looking for a suspect in the execution-style death of a Normandy man.
Police say 30 year old Markquette Nunn had been using a weed trimmer in the front yard of his home in the 7600 block of Bermuda Court about 12:45Wednesday afternoon when someone shot him in the back of the head.
A neighbor heard the shot and came outside just in time to see a man running from the scene. Nunn was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say Nunn shared the home with his girlfriend and their baby son, who were not home at the time of the shooting. A friend who also lived in the home was inside when Nunn was shot. He told police he heard the shot, then look outside to see Nunn collapsed in the yard.
Police say they have very little to go in so far. Anyone with information is urged to call the Major Case Squad – via Normandy Police at 314-385-3300, ext. 3018.
Two dogs wandered away from their home and fell into a sinkhole in Southern Illinois, but there is a happy ending to this story.
Around 2 PM Wednesday, a pair of hikers in the Stemler Cave Nature Preserve, between Columbia and Millstadt, Illinois, heard the sound of whimpering dogs.
The hikers followed the sound to the opening of a large sink hole. Emergency crews from both Columbia and Millstadt responded and were able to pull the two Dobermans, named Bullet and Legend, from the 60 foot deep hole.
The dogs were returned their owner with no serious injuries.
Three suspects are now in custody connected to the so-called Craigslist assault from last month.
A father and son showed up in North St. Louis to buy an SUV they saw an ad for on Craigslist. When the men arrived, they were robbed at gunpoint. 19-year-old James McConnell is the most recent suspect charged for stealing $2,500 from the family members.
Devion Russell, Christopher Duffy, and McConnell all faces multiple charges, including robbery and assault.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - lllinois law enforcement organizations say motorist safeguards in pending medical marijuana legislation are not strict enough as the measure heads for a Senate vote.
John Kennedy of Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police says police should be able to test blood and urine of motorists suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana.
The chiefs and the Illinois Sheriffs' Association say the legislation incorrectly states that federal officials have OK'd standard sobriety tests for cannabis influence. They say blood and urine tests are the only accurate measure.
The groups hand-delivered a letter to Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday. The Associated Press was given a copy Wednesday in advance of its public release.
A Senate committee is scheduled to hear the issue later Wednesday.
The search continues for a driver who hit a man then left the scene.
Police say the accident happened at the Park Meadows Apartments near Woods Mill and Manchester just after midnight today. The victim remains in the hospital with unknown injuries.
Police have not released any description of the suspect's car.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is warning of employee layoffs and cuts to services if legislators pass a budget that reduces funding for the states' motor vehicle division.
Nixon said Wednesday that lawmakers were acting irresponsibly to put forward a budget that would fund the division for only the first two-thirds of the fiscal year that starts July 1.
Republican lawmakers said Tuesday that the partial funding was intended as an incentive for Nixon's administration to stop making electronic copies of personal documents of people applying for driver's licenses. They said lawmakers could provide the rest of the money when they return to the Capitol next January.
But Nixon called the partial-year funding unprecedented. The Democratic governor said he would treat it as an annual appropriation and cut accordingly.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate has passed additional funding for Capitol repairs, design plans for a new facility at the state mental hospital and for the state parks system.
The measure was approved by a 29-4 vote on Wednesday. It would allow the state to spend $50 million on new Capitol windows and structural repairs, $38 million on a new state office building, $20 million for parks and $13 million to fund design plans at Fulton State Hospital.
Lawmakers moved forward with the additional funding last week after Gov. Jay Nixon's administration released an April financial report showing state revenue had increased by more than 11 percent from last year.
The spending plan now heads back to the House.
MoDOT's entire phone system is down today.
Officials say crews are working to repair the technical failure, but there is no estimate for when service will be restored. This outage affect all MoDOT offices in the state.
Motorists with emergencies should call 911.