JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri budget officials say the state's tax revenues have increased 2.5 percent through the first four months of the current fiscal year.
The state Office of Administration on Monday reported net general revenues through October. The state's current budget took effect July 1 and runs through next June.
For the current budget year so far, state corporate income and franchise taxes are up more than 26 percent. Individual income taxes are up 3.8 percent and sales taxes have increased 4.4 percent.
Alton Middle School will be closed Tuesday due to a gas leak.
The leak was discovered late Monday morning. The school was closed and students sent home around 11:00 a.m.
Ameren crews thought they had contained the leak, but it's turning out to be a little tougher to repair than originally thought. So classes are cancelled while crews continue to work on it.
School officials say the closure is precautionary, since only a small amount of natural gas was detected inside the building.
A card game at a home in Wildwood ended on Sunday when one of the players shot another man in the side. It happened Sunday night in the 100 block of Franklin Avenue in the Glencoe area of Wildwood. Police say 37-year-old Alfred Castro got into an argument at the table, then went to his room and returned with a .38-caliber revolver. He then shot the 45-year-old male victim, who was later dropped off at a police station in Ellisville. Police found Castro several hours later with the weapon still in his possession. He is currently awaiting trial on a felony drug case in St. Louis County.
With the holiday season fast approaching, the American Red Cross is urging donors to make an appointment to give blood.
All blood types are needed, but O negative, A negative and B negative are in greatest demand.
There are numerous opportunities to donate throughout the region with blood drives beginning in mid-November.
Madison, Monroe and St. Clair Counties in Illinois already have 30 locations on the schedule and the entire St. Louis area, including St. Louis city, St. Charles and Jefferson Counties have dozens of locations ready to accept donations.
To make an appointment or for more information in finding a blood drive location near you, go to: redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.