JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee is considering bill that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous after claiming their prizes.
Sponsoring Rep. Rochelle Walton Gray, of Black Jack, told the House Local Government Committee Thursday that winning the lottery can subject a person to hardship. Her measure would prevent the Missouri Lottery from releasing the names or addresses of prize winners without their written consent.
Officials from the Missouri Lottery say revealing a winner's identity provides legitimacy to games and helps sell more tickets. The names of lottery winners are also subject to Missouri's Sunshine Law, making identity information available to open records request.
The union representing about 800 building and food service workers who went on strike at the University of Illinois earlier this month says they've reached a tentative deal with the school. Service Employees International Union spokesman Adam Rosen says employees will vote on the four-year offer today and tomorrow.
Details of the agreement aren't being released, but University spokesperson Robin Kaler says administrators are optimistic that it will be accepted.
Metro will be giving some passengers free rides under a federal class action settlement agreement. The transit agency was sued over MetroLink credit and debit card receipts that violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act.
Under the law, merchants can print up to the last five digits of a customer's credit or debit card number or the card's expiration date on their receipt, but not both. Between January 2010 and August 2011, Metro had been printing both.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that people who used credit or debit cards to buy tickets during the 20 month period can make claims by July 3 for free ride passes or tickets. Those who still have their receipts could get $30 cash instead.
Some customers of one local grocery chain are wondering why they are just now learning about a series of credit card fraud incidents.
In a statement, Schnuck's spokesperson Paul Simon said that the company had become aware on March 15 that some customers had noticed unauthorized charges on their card statements for credit cards they had used at Schnucks. Complaints have be received from shoppers across the metro area.
Schnucks officials say they're working with police and a private outside forensic team to try to find the source of the compromise.
Police say the leak may not be with the grocer, but with a third-party vendor that processes transactions.
A quarry worker is dead after a becoming pinned under a pile of rocks at a Maryland Heights quarry Wednesday afternoon. St. Louis County Deputy Police Chief Joe Delia says the accident happened during blasting at the Fred Weber North Quarry just before 4 p.m.
The victim is identified as 61-year-old WIlliam Sievert of St. Peters. A statement from the company indicates that Sievert had worked for Fred Weber for 24 years.
Police won't comment on how Sievert died, saying just that the incident is still being investigated. No one else was injured.
The quarry is located just southwest of the I-270 interchange with I-70.
The search continues for a hit-and-run driver Wednesday afternoon.
Fox 2 reports the driver hit two people near the intersection of West Florissant and Pope. The victims were taken to the hospital in unknown condition. No description of the suspect's vehicle has been released.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House members have approved a trio of measures that could reduce taxes for some businesses.
Representatives on Wednesday passed bills that would create new incentives for the construction of computer data centers and investors in high-tech, startup businesses. Both of those measures now go to the Senate.
The House also gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill that would gradually reduce the state's corporate income tax rate from its current 6.25 percent to 4.25 percent by 2016. The bill also would make Missouri's individual income tax brackets subject to annual inflationary adjustments, potentially reducing future taxes for some people. Another provision seeks to increase Missouri's tax collections from Internet sales.
All told, the measures could reduce Missouri's revenues by tens of millions of dollars annually.
It is the third such death of a Menard inmate in less than two months.
Randolph County Coroner Randy Dudenbostel (DOO'-dihn-bahs-sul) told The Associated Press that the 35-year-old man was declared dead in his cell in the prison's segregation unit at 10:36 p.m. Tuesday. The man had a cellmate even though he was in a segregated cell.
Neither Dudenbostel nor Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano (soh-LAH'-noh) would identify the man. Dudenbostel says an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.
Solano says the prison was locked down Wednesday during an investigation.
Tuesday's inmate death is the third suspicious death at Menard since Jan. 31
The police say the man barricaded himself in his home and told officers he had weapons and explosives. The situation started around 4 AM and officers took him into custody just before 11 AM. The man was taken to the hospital and a bomb squad searched the home for explosives.
The gathering in Jefferson City coincides with the second day of U.S. Supreme Court arguments focused on whether same-sex couples can marry and receive the legal rights and benefits associated with marriage.
Some rally participants in Missouri asserted that it is "immoral" to ban gay marriage, as is the case under the state constitution.
Rally participants also focused on bills that would prohibit discrimination or school bullying based on sexual orientation.
The event was coordinated by Promo, an organization that advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.
Several Democratic lawmakers attended the event.