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A woman accused of selling phony Bruno Mars tickets is back in police custody after a short-lived escape from authorities.

Police say Desiree Townsend photocopied tickets to last week's concert and sold them to a customer in Maryland Heights for $85. Officers arrested Townsend on Monday. While in custody, she faked an illness and was taken to Mercy Hospital. Police say while there, she managed to escape. Townsend was arrested later in the day and now faces a charge of escape from custody in additional to felony counts of forgery.

Authorities Townsend may have sold as many as 10 fake tickets.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 15:12
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones is rallying support for an effort to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of tax-cutting legislation.

Jones, a Republican from Eureka, says reducing taxes would grow the economy, create additional economic opportunities and allow more funding for education. On Wednesday, Nixon was renewing his objections to the tax legislation in southern Missouri. The Democratic governor has traveled throughout the state to defend the veto.

Nixon's asserts the tax cut would jeopardize funding for government services and boost taxes on prescription drugs.

Jones told supporters in Fulton on Tuesday that he sees "the momentum on our side." He says it is a commonsense measure.

House Republicans are meeting this week to discuss possible veto overrides. Missouri lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Sept. 11.

 
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:47
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Police have identified the suspect in custody connected to the murder of a gas station owner.

Police say 28-year-old Justin Williams admitted to shooting Irshad Kahn over the weekend. Williams was captured on surveillance video, but police could not find him.

After the footage was released to the press police say they received over a dozen tips that led them to Williams. He was staying at a house in St. Louis city.

Williams is charged with first degree murder, armed criminal actions, and two other felonies. He is held on $1 million bond. 

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:00
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The wife of former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has been sentenced to one year in prison for filing false joint federal income tax returns that understated the income the couple received.

Sandra Jackson admitted in a guilty plea earlier this year that from mid-2006 through mid-October of last year, she failed to report $600,000 in income that she and her husband earned from 2005 to 2011.

Mrs. Jackson was a Chicago alderman before she resigned during a federal investigation of the couple.

She was sentenced Wednesday along with her husband. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to engaging in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

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