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Friday, 10 January 2014 12:28 Published in Local News
PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) - A California man has been sentenced to 19 years in prison after about 13.3 pounds of cocaine were found in his vehicle in northwest Missouri.
Platte County prosecutor Eric Zahnd announced Friday that 37-year-old Marcos Gonzalez, of Stockton, Calif., was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in October to first-degree drug trafficking. Zahnd says the cocaine was valued at $600,000.
In April 2013, a Platte County deputy stopped Gonzalez's U-Haul van for a routine traffic violation. While searching the van, the deputy found heat sealer and rubber bands, which Zahnd says are commonly used to package narcotics and bulk cash. The deputy found the cocaine inside the bottom lining of three black suitcases.
Thursday, 09 January 2014 16:57 Published in Local News
St. Louis officials are waiting to see if city residents can navigate their neighborhoods a little better now that the side streets have been plowed.
After nearly a foot of snow fell last weekend, followed by sub-zero cold, many residents complained that the streets in their neighborhoods were impassable. So Mayor Francis Slay announced Thursday that it was time for the city to experiment with plowing those side streets. At a press conference, Slay said, "Too many people have been getting stuck on these side streets. Too many people cannot get off their streets. They’re angry, and I hear them."
In a Twitter post this morning, Slay's chief of staff Jeff Rainford wrote that the plows had finished about 4 a.m. Rainford indicated they cut a single row down the middle of each street in an effort to make the streets passable without burying the cars parked along the curbs.
The city is asking for feedback on change. City residents are invited to share their opinion here.
Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:46 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A lawsuit is challenging Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's order that the state accept jointly filed tax returns from same-sex couples legally married in other states.
Nixon said the directive applies to tax filing status and doesn't authorize same-sex marriage. The Missouri Constitution states only marriages between a man and a woman are valid in the state.
The lawsuit asks Nixon's order be declared unconstitutional. It was filed by officials from the Missouri Baptist Convention Christian Life Commission and the Missouri Family Policy Council.
Missouri's tax code is tied to the federal code. Nixon said couples who file joint federal returns must file state taxes jointly. Federal officials determined legally married same-sex couples would be treated as married regardless of where they live.
A Nixon spokesman declined comment about the lawsuit.