JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri consumers may soon find it easier to turn to their local banks to get a short-term loan until their next paycheck.
Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation Friday that will double or triple the fees that Missouri-chartered banks can charge for short-term cash advances.
Bank officials have said that the state's current maximum-allowed fees of $25 or 5 percent of a loan don't provide enough financial incentive for many banks to offer the short-term loans. The bill raises the fee cap to $75 or 10 percent of a loan's value.
The legislation could help banks compete with payday lenders, but it faced no opposition from the payday loan industry.
Some consumer advocates raised concerns about the bill, but only after it passed.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing a gun safety course sponsored by the National Rifle Association to be taught to first-graders.
The bill signed Friday allows schools to teach the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program and to seek financial grants to do so. But it stops short of mandating the course.
The NRA says its course has been taught to more than 26 million children nationwide since it began in 1988. Virginia enacted a law in 2010 allowing gun-safety courses based on the NRA program.
The Missouri legislation requires schools to conduct an active-shooter drill led by law enforcement officers.
It also assigns the duty of issuing identification cards for concealed gun permits to sheriffs, instead of driver's license clerks.
The dog, found with burns across his body yesterday, died this morning.
The dog named Brownie was found behind a home in the 4300 block of Cote Brilliante. Neighbors told authorities they saw the dog covered in flames. Despite receiving treatment at the Veterinary Specialty Services, Brownie died today. The St. Louis Animal Cruelty Task Force was activated today and Stray Rescue and CrimeStoppers are working together to come up with a reward for information that leads to a conviction.
An 18-year-old Wentzville man will spend decades behind bars for sexually assaulting several children.
Jacob Dolson was sentenced to 30 years for nine felony charges. Prosecutors proved that Dolson sexually abused four children who attended his mother's daycare. The children were between the ages of 3 and 9. Dolson will serve at least 25 years of his sentence and spend the rest of his life as a registered sex offender.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri is adopting new wage requirements for construction projects on public roads and buildings.
Gov. Jay Nixon said Friday that he will allow a bill changing prevailing wage rates to take effect as law without his signature.
The prevailing wage essentially is a special minimum wage for public works projects. It's determined for each construction trade on a county-by-county basis according to voluntary surveys about wages.
But Republicans claim it leads to artificially high wages in rural areas when union rates get used.
The legislation divides the wage surveys by union and non-union contractors in rural counties, and bases the prevailing wage on whichever group reports more work hours. It also allows prior years' wages to be used when no surveys are returned.
Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, are gathering outside the Cathedral Basilica today.
The gathering comes a week before Archbishop Robert Carlson is expected to give testimony in a criminal case. Carlson is one of two basilica officials subpoenaed in the case. Prosecutors allege that a fromer associate pastor of the Cathedral Basilica fondled a teenage girl in 2012.
SNAP officials believe this is the first time Carlson has been subpoenaed in a criminal case.
IDOT is hoping the third time is a charm as they have the McKinley Bridge scheduled to be closed, starting tonight.
The work to seal the deck of the bridge has been delayed twice before this weekend. The span will close at 9 PM tonight and should reopen by 5 AM on Monday. The work was previously postponed due to high flood waters and rain in the forecast.
A father and son who went missing along in the Pacific Palisades area earlier this month have been found safe. 36-year-old Michael Hill and his 16-year-old son David were recognized at a campground in Franklin County by somebody who saw their pictures in the news. The duo has since been removed from the endangered or missing persons advisory. Investigators say domestic issues were the motive behind their disappearance. No charges have been filed at this time.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - The state of Illinois is asking a federal court to reject a push by gun-rights advocates to let the state's residents start publicly toting weapons as soon as next week, rather than waiting months for implementation of a new concealed carry law.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office asked a judge Thursday to throw out the request filed in East St. Louis by Mary Shepard. She filed the injunction a day after lawmakers lifted the last-in-the-nation ban. The state argues Shepard needs to file a new complaint instead of a motion seeking an emergency hearing from a judge.
No hearing has been scheduled.
Shepard says an unconstitutional ban on packing pistols remains because it will be as long as nine months before the first carry permits are approved in Illinois.
This weekend you'll have a chance to own a piece of a Cardinal legend's estate. An estate sale is being held on Saturday featuring household and personal items belonging to Stan Musial and his wife, Lillian. The cash-only sale will not include memorabilia and will not be held at the couple's former Ladue home. The exact location of the sale will be disclosed later this morning. Proceeds from a $5 entry fee will go towards Cardinals Care. Stan Musial died in January at the age of 92.