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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is raising concerns about legislation attempting to nullify some federal gun-control laws.

Koster sent a letter Tuesday to lawmakers warning that the bill contains "flawed public policy."

The Republican-led Legislature is to meet Sept. 11 to consider overriding Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the legislation.

Koster, a Democrat, says a federal judge likely would strike down provisions attempting to nullify some federal gun laws and making it a crime for federal agents to enforce them. But Koster says other parts of the measure that could be upheld are troubling.

He says the bill could restrict local police from working cooperatively with federal agents and could allow criminals to sue police who refer gun violations to federal prosecutors.

 
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 13:23
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Prosecutors have charged a man for a 2012 murder. Michael Shirlee is accused of killing a 31-year-old woman in November.

High school student Danah Jackson found the body in a vacant lot in North St. Louis while she was on her way to school. Officers investigated the scene near the intersection of Market and North Grand.

Police say the woman's body had signs of trauma, but have not elaborated.

 

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 13:19
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The Ride of the Century has come and gone.

The police have released final arrest figures for the event and it was a busy holiday weekend for officers. 47 people were arrested and 58 motorcycles were towed. A bulk of the arrests happened on Thursday, with 23 people taken into custody for reckless driving. The arrests ranged from infractions for missing registration to driving a stolen motorcycle.

Two bikers also died over the weekend. The event is organized by local motorcycle stunt team, the Streetfighterz.

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 13:16
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St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish is now considering an affiliation with the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. The St. Louis Polish parish broke away from the Roman Catholic Church nearly a decade ago during a dispute over who controlled the parish's finances. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Bishop George Wayne Smith has sent a letter to Episcopal clergy about the proposal. The negotiations come seven months after the Archdiocese of St. Louis dropped its appeal of a judge's ruling that handed over control of St. Stanislaus to its own lay board. The Archdiocese had removed the parish in 2005 when it was at odds over a 19th century agreement that allowed St. Stanislaus to govern its own finances.

 

 

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Tuesday, 03 September 2013 11:12
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In keeping with the spirit of the program, the Missouri State Penitentiary will be the focus of a travel show which features ghosts. The Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventurers" will spotlight the former Missouri prison in an episode this week. The film crew re-enacted the 1954 prison riot and a double-execution conducted at the prison. The program will also focus on the gas chamber and the housing unit that held death row. The Missouri State Penitentiary closed in 2004 and was the oldest continually operating prison west of the Mississippi River. It is located near the state Capitol and overlooks the Missouri River.

 

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 10:17
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A motorcyclist who was killed over the weekend during the Ride of the Century has now been identified. 32-year-old Michael Evans was killed when his motorcycle clipped a parked police car on January Avenue near Elizabeth. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says a group of four riders were speeding down the street when three of them veered to the left of the unmarked car. But the motorcycle driven by Evans attempted to pass on the right-hand side when he clipped the side-view mirror of the car. The motorcycle veered out of control and struck a pole in a wooded area near January Avenue. Evans, a Harrisburg, Illinois resident, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 09:40
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A Muslim civil liberties group says religious bias is behind an attack on an 18 year old college freshman is St. Louis. The local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations wants police to investigate last month's assault on LaSalle Park Court as a possible hate crime. The victim spent three days hospitalized in intensive care after he was hit in the back of the head during an argument with a neighbor's boyfriend, who said his car had been scratched. Police say the suspect demanded money for the vehicle damage after the victim came to the girlfriend’s home to discuss the matter. Members of the victim’s family say they have previously had their tires slashed, windows broken and been the target of religious slurs.

 

 

 

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A 19-year-old University of Illinois student remains in custody today after authorities say he threatened classmates while referencing the shootings at Virginia Tech. Dany Sammack is being held on $250,000 bond after he was charged with felony disorderly conduct.  The Champaign News-Gazette reports Sammak was arrested over the weekend after he made what authorities said were "terrorist-like threats" and made shooting gestures with his hands. A search by law enforcement of Sammak's home, computer and other property didn't turn up any evidence that he was part of a larger plot to harm others.

 
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Firefighters responding to a call in Park Hills, Missouri got more than they bargained for when they found a marijuana growing operation in the basement. The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills reports that emergency crews were called to the home when the resident's mother fell asleep with a lit cigarette, catching her mattress on fire. This happened early Saturday morning. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, they searched the home and reportedly found about 20 plants, as well as lighting and watering equipment in the basement. Formal charges have not yet been filed. 

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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Governor Jay Nixon says a clause in the income tax cut bill that he vetoed could have triggered a $1.2 billion run on the state treasury.

   Attorney General Chris Koster agreed with Nixon's legal analysis this past week. But the projection remains largely hypothetical.

   The Missouri bill would trigger a one-half of a percent reduction in state income tax rates if the federal government enacts a measure making it easier for states to collect online sales taxes.

   That bill has stalled in the U.S. House. But if it passes, then all of Missouri's roughly 2.8 million income taxpayers would have to amend three years of tax returns for Nixon's projections to hit in a single year.

   The courts likely would have to determine whether the retroactive tax refund is legal.

 
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