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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri Senate panel has endorsed an income tax cut for businesses and individuals.
 
The legislation backed Thursday by the Senate Ways and Means Committee would gradually reduce Missouri's top individual income tax rate from 6 percent to 5 percent over a decade. It also would phase in a 50 percent deduction over five years for business income reported on individual income tax returns.
 
The incremental tax cuts would take effect only as long as Missouri's net general revenues rose by at least $100 million over the high mark from the previous three years.
 
The legislation also grants an additional $1,000 tax deduction to people with incomes below $20,000.
 
The committee's approval of the legislation means it could be one of the first measures debated this year in the Senate.
Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:37
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The FBI is asking for help in identifying a man whose skeletal remains were found by a hunter in a wooded area northwest of Sauget in December of 2012.  
The federal agency has created a clay sculpture to help assist with identification.  
A release from the Sauget Police Department says that five Russian coins in a pair of blue sweatpants were found along with the bones.  
The remains were sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification.  Testing revealed that the skeleton belongs to a 30 to 50 year old white male, between 5-feet 6 and 6-feet-1 inches tall. If you have any information about this case you are urged to call the Sauget Police department at 618-337-526. 
 
Anyone missing a family member is urged to use the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. Search for loved ones here:  www.namus.gov
Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:26
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 HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) - Two students at Hazelwood Central High School in St. Louis County have been arrested after two weapons were found inside a car parked on the school parking lot.
Hazelwood School District Superintendent Grayling Tobias, in a letter to parents, says the incident happened during dismissal from school on Wednesday afternoon. Security learned of a possible fight and saw a commotion in the parking lot.
When security officers approached the car, two teens ran away. The two who stayed were questioned and then arrested. Police are searching for the other two.
Tobias says the encounter may be related to an off-campus incident earlier this week, away from school.
   
 
Thursday, 23 January 2014 07:29
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri is looking for other sources of money for education and health care after experiencing shortfalls in gambling and tobacco revenues.
State budget director Linda Luebbering says revenues from casinos, cigarettes sales and the Missouri Lottery all are coming in lower than budgeted this year. Those revenues all are earmarked for education.
Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing to transfer $44 million from general revenues to make up for the lost education funding.
Missouri also is losing about $70 million of expected revenues from a legal settlement with tobacco companies, because an arbitration panel ruled the state failed to diligently enforce tobacco laws a decade ago.
Nixon is proposing to use general revenues to finance the health care programs that were supposed to get tobacco funds.
Thursday, 23 January 2014 07:13
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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man is scheduled to be sentenced for his role in a drug-trafficking ring prosecutors say also involved a judge who later resigned after being accused of heroin possession.
Sean McGilvery pleaded guilty in October to felony heroin conspiracy and possession charges in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. That's where he's set to be sentenced Thursday.
Federal prosecutors say former St. Clair County judge Michael Cook was one of McGilvery's regular customers while he was on the bench.
Cook was arrested last year as part of an investigation that also focused on the cocaine-related death of a prosecutor-turned-judge at the Cook family's hunting cabin.
Cook has pleaded guilty to federal heroin and weapons possession counts. He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 26.
Thursday, 23 January 2014 07:03
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CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A new $23 million hotel and field house project in suburban St. Louis will cater to traveling athletes and their families.
GoodSports Enterprises Global says it has picked a site in Chesterfield, near the new St. Louis Premium Outlets. The hotel will have 130 rooms and the field house will have 85,000 square feet. Construction is expected to begin in the fall, and the hotel and field house should open in 2015.
Sarasota, Fla.-based GoodSports Enterprises plans to start construction this spring on similar projects in Ohio and Wichita, Kan. Overall, the company plans to develop 25 locations over the next four years.
   
 
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   Boeing employees in St. Louis should know later this year if they're going to keep building F-18 Super Hornet fighter jets for the U.S. Navy after 2016.  

   The Navy had planned to switch over to the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters built by Lockheed-Martin.  But the F-35 project has been plagued with delays, cost overruns and other problems.  So the omnibus spending bill signed into law last week (Jan. 17) contains a down payment of $75 million for 22 of Boeing's F-18s, even though the Navy didn't ask for them.  

   The law requires Navy officials to take another look at adding to the existing F-18 fleet as a hedge against more problems with the F-35.  

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   Bitterly cold weather and extreme wind chills are creating a dangerous situation for anyone who has to venture outside.  Local hospitals generally see a spike in emergency room visits from patients affected by the cold.
   Barnes-Jewish Hosptial ER Dr. Brian Froelke told Fox 2 News that in this weather, it doesn't take long to get into trouble.  "The risk is the possibility of frostbite," Dr. Froelke says.  "You have somewhere between ten minutes to a half an hour, depending on how cold it is."
   Dr. Froelke says its important to dress in layers and cover up any exposed skin.  
   Parents are especially encouraged to keep an extra eye on kids who will be waiting at the bus stop or walking to school in this weather.
 
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   With dangerous sub-zero wind chills back in the St. Louis area, city officials are scrambling to fund an overflow shelter for the homeless that's already blown its budget.  
   The mayor's office says the community center at Tucker and Park costs about $1000 a night to keep open.  It provides shelter for 125 people.  The city's budget allotted for 20 days of operation this winter.  But because of the unusual amount of cold and snow, the shelter has already been open for 27 days, and the winter is only half over.  
   St. Louis Human Services Director Bill Siedhoff told Fox 2 News that the budget can't dictate the city's response to the cold.  "Mayor Slay has made it very clear," Siedhoff said.  "This is a necessity.  We will find the money.  We will find it some place.  We have to.  It’s a responsibility the city has."
   Siedhoff says the shelter will remain open as long as the extreme weather continues.
 
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