SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The owner of a Missouri company seeking to open a horse-slaughter facility says he's been working with federal food safety officials to modify equipment at a processing site so the facility can humanely handle horses.
David Rains, of Rains Natural Meats in Gallatin, told The Springfield News-Leader he's been working with an equine consultant and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prepare the plant for horse slaughter. He says it's unclear how many horses the plant will handle if it's approved.
Animal protection groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop the revival of domestic horse slaughter at commercial processing plants. The Humane Society's lawsuit names the Rains facility and other prospective plants in Missouri, Tennessee and Oklahoma.
The USDA didn't immediately return a call Monday seeking comment.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he's ready for a "showdown" in Springfield over concealed carry legislation.
The Chicago Democrat has spent days making appearances talking up his sweeping changes to a bill that'd make Illinois the last state to allow concealed weapons.
But lawmakers are expected to override Quinn's changes when they meet Tuesday in Springfield. The bill's sponsor, among others, says the original measure came out of months of negotiations.
Quinn wouldn't say if he has the votes, but says he's working on it. He says the bill was influenced heavily by the National Rifle Association.
He spoke to reporters Monday in Chicago after signing legislation dealing with gang crimes.
Illinois has until Tuesday to legalize concealed carry after a federal appeals court ruled the state's ban unconstitutional.
MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) - Pilots at a southwestern Illinois Air Force base are decluttering cockpits, swapping pounds of paper maps and bulky flight manuals for iPads Minis.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports the experiment involves C-21A planes at Scott Air Force Base.
Typically, each plane has about 50 pounds of paper on board, including maps, navigational charts and flight manuals. The printouts must be replaced every two months because they're continually updated.
That costs money: about $25,000 a year in printing costs alone, plus the additional fuel that's consumed because of the weight.
Maj. Jared Detloff is one of the pilots testing the 11 ounce tablet, which he velcros to a control yolk in the cockpit. He says there's been a learning curve to using the tablet, but so far it has been well-received.
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today launched the statewide photo contest for the 2013-2014 Official Manual, State of Missouri (Blue Book). The theme for this year’s contest is “Remembering Harry,” in honor of the only U.S. president from Missouri.
“Remembering Harry” photo entries should embody the wisdom of one of our greatest residents, President Harry S. Truman, in honor and celebration of his time in office and service to the public. Photos will be judged in one or more of the following three categories:
“Carry the battle to them.” — Photographs of sporting events and competitions in Missouri.
“The most peaceful thing in the world is plowing a field.” — Photographs of Missouri agriculture and natural settings.
“I don’t believe in little plans.” — Photographs of unique celebrations and parades in Missouri.
Entry forms and contest rules are available on the Secretary of State’s website: http://www.sos.mo.gov/photocontest. Entries may be submitted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail:
Official Manual Photo Contest
Office of the Secretary of State
Division of Publications
PO Box 1767
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1767
Missouri residents of all ages are invited to participate in the photo contest. Participants may submit any number of photographs, but each photo must be accompanied by its own entry form. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 29, 2013.
Photo contest winners will be chosen through a combination of online voting and selection by a committee within the Secretary of State’s office. The winning photos in each category will be published in the 2013-2014 edition of the Blue Book. All entries become the property of the Office of the Secretary of State and may be used in subsequent publications, with full credit given to the photographer. All submitted photographs will be added to the permanent collection of the Missouri State Archives, a division of Kander’s office.
Todd Combs will spend one year behind bars after admitting to giving alcohol to his stepson hours before the boy's death. A tearful Todd Combs told the judge on Monday that he was just trying to fit in with his kids when he provided them with alcohol during a family outing on the Meramec River last year. His stepson Christopher Marks went missing that day, after family members told police he was drinking beer and acting funny. Christopher's body discovered downstream three days later. The prosecution was asking for a 7-year sentence, but they lacked physical proof that alcohol played a direct roll in the boy's death. By the time Christopher's body was found, it was too badly decomposed to get an accurate alcohol reading. Combs will also serve two years probation, during which time he'll be forced to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet.
The search continues for a St. Louis-area teen who has been missing in Florida since Saturday.
Police said 17-year-old Nicole Crowder was last seen in Daytona Beach in the company of a man and woman. Volusia County authorities said she was in Florida with her sister to visit her mother.
Police said Crowder has the mental capacity of a 9-year-old and takes medication for ADHD and bi-polar disorder, but does not have her medications with her.
Daytona police say the teen was last seen with as a black man who is 30-years-old, bald, has a medium build, and gold teeth. The female is described as having a dark complexion, appears to be in her late teens, and was wearing a black bathing suit.
If you have any information about Crowder’s whereabouts, please contact the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office at (386)248-1777.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The grand opening of a new National Rifle Association museum takes place next month inside Bass Pro Shops' flagship store in southwest Missouri.
The Springfield News-Leader reports the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum occupies about 7,500 square feet of the outdoor recreation outfitter. The Aug. 2 grand opening coincides with the start of Bass Pro Shops' Fall Hunting Classic.
A Bass Pro announcement says the museum will have more than $20 million worth of firearms, including some from the 1600s.
Company officials say the nearly 1,000 artifacts will include firearms used by Annie Oakley, Theodore Roosevelt and John Wayne, as well as Napoleon's double-barrel sporting flintlock.
Jury selection is set to begin today for a man charged with shooting a Maryland Heights police officer in the face. According to court records, Sergeant Joe Eagan was doing surveillance work in an unmarked police car on Jennings Station Road near I-70 in December 2010. That's when, police say, 19-year-old Evan Lockhart opened the passenger door and shot Eagan with a .38 caliber pistol. The officer survived the shooting. Lockhart's younger brother and another juvenile were also charged in the attack. Lockhart faces multiple charged including assault on a police officer and armed criminal action.
Lambert Airport will soon have some new tenants...bees.
The St. Louis Airport Authority has approved a three-year lease with Robins Apiaries to keep bee hives on a 400 square foot patch of land near a seldom-used runway. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the airport will collect $75 a year in rent from 76 year old beekeeper Jim Robins.
A plentiful supply of white dutch clover blooming near billion dollar W-1-W project runway drew Robins to the site. The runway opened in 2006, but hasn't seen much traffic since TWA filed for bankruptcy and American Airlines yanked hub status away from Lambert.
Lambert will be the third major US airport to host bee hives. Chicago's O'Hare International and Seattle-Tacoma International both have significant bee operations.
SANDWICH, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say one person is injured after a small home built airplane en route from St. Louis had to make an emergency landing in an unincorporated area outside Chicago.
The (Aurora) Beacon News reports that Kendall County sheriff's police officers were called to the scene just before 11 a.m. Sunday.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro says the light sport aircraft left a small airport in St. Louis and the pilot reported engine trouble in Illinois. Emergency crews found the plane had made an emergency landing in a field not far from Sandwich.
Both people aboard were taken to a local hospital. One was treated for minor injuries and the other was evaluated.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.