JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Children younger than 16 could avoid future federal regulation and continue to work on their parents' Missouri farms under legislation signed by Gov. Jay Nixon.
The measure signed on Friday responds to the federal government's proposed rules last year that would have prevented children from doing certain agricultural work. That proposal was eventually scrapped, but the Missouri Legislature moved forward and passed legislation preventing such regulation anyway.
The bill exempts children doing farm work from getting a work certificate and from limits on the number of hours and days they can work. Children would only need the consent of their parents to work on the family's farm. It was sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Munzlinger, of Williamstown.
Seven men, including an East St. Louis Police detective, face federal drug charges.
Prosecutors say Detective Orlando Ward was found with 11 pounds of cocaine earlier this week. Ward, along with six East St. Louis residence have been charged with conspiracy to distribute and weapons charges.
Investigators believe the men are part of drug trafficking ring. The bust had a street value of more than $1 million.
Chief Michael Floore will hold a news conference Friday to discuss the charges.
A high speed chase is over after traveling through two counties.
Officers spotted a car that was allegedly connected to several drug cases. The driver sped off and led police onto Eastbound I-44. The suspect pulled off the highway in Eureka. After winding through residential neighborhoods, gun fire was exchanged and the suspect crashed in a front yard.
The suspect was arrested and taken to the hospital in unknown condition.