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In other back-to-school news, starting Friday families have a chance to load up on school supplies and can avoid paying sales tax.

Missouri's annual Sales Tax Holiday runs through Sunday. In most area communities, consumers will not have to pay any sales tax on everything from pencils to computers. There are restrictions on what is exempt from tax and some communities that are not waving local taxes. 

The state sales tax will not be charged on the following items during the holiday:

Clothing that does not have a value of more than $100. Eligible clothing includes standard items of apparel worn on or about the body, and includes footwear. It also includes material to make school uniforms or other school clothing. It does not include accessories such as watches, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands and belt buckles.

School supplies, not exceeding $50 per purchase, that are used in a standard classroom for educational purposes. School supplies include textbooks, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, handheld calculators, chalk, maps and globes. School supplies do not include CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, portable telephones, copiers or other office equipment.

Personal computers that don’t cost more than $3,500 and computer peripheral devices that don’t exceed $3,500. A personal computer can be a laptop, desktop or tower computer system which consists of a central processing unit, random access memory, a storage drive, display monitor, keyboard and other related devices. Peripheral devices include items such as a disk drive, memory module, CD drive, microphone, modem, motherboard, mouse, speakers, printer, scanner, sound card or video card. Computer software is considered a school supply and is free from sales tax if its value is less than $350.

 

Come of the counties NOT participating include:

Iron

Phelps

Pike

Reynolds

St. Francois

Ste. Genevieve

Some of the cities NOT participating are:

Alton

Bellerive Acres

Berkeley

Beverly Hills

Black Jack

Brentwood

Bridgeton

Byrnes Mill

Cabool

Charlack

Clayton

Cool Valley

Crystal City

Des Peres

Desloge

DeSoto

Doniphan

Edmundson

Ellisville

Farmington

Fayette

Fenton

Ferguson

Festus

Frontenac

Hawk Point

Kirkwood

Ladue

Manchester

Maplewood

Marlborough Village

Moscow Mills

New Melle

Northwoods

Overland

Pevely

Richmond Heights

Rock Hill

Shrewsbury

St Ann

St Peters

Ste Genevieve

Town & Country

University City

Warson Woods

Webster Groves

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force is investigating the death of a kitten.

The animal was found dead Thursday in the front yard of a St. Louis home. A resident who had been feeding the stray came home to find it in a pool of blood on her sidewalk. A rock that may have been used to kill the cat was found nearby.

Humane Society veterinarians believe the male cat was about 8 weeks old and died from a head injury.

The Humane Society says any information will be turned over to police.

 

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Medical Marijuana is officially legal in Illinois. With his signature, Governor Pat Quinn kicked off a pilot program that allows doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients with some chronic diseases.

It is one of the most restrictive programs in nation--requiring patients and caregivers to undergo background checks and limiting patients to purchasing 2 and-a-half ounces of marijuana at a time. A network of dispensaries and growers will be regulated by the state. 

The medical marijuana will be taxed at the same 1% rate as other pharmaceuticals. There will also be a tax on grow facilities and dispensaries of 7%. The planned 22 grow facilities will each hire no more than 10 employees. The state of Illinois expects hundreds of new jobs in related industries to be created.

The new law also bans campaign contributions from operators of cultivation centers and dispensaries.

The law takes effect on January 1, 2014 and is a four-year pilot program.

 

 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Lottery is allowing people who have a gambling problem to voluntarily ban themselves for life.

People who participate will be prohibited from claiming winnings of $600 or more. The option started Thursday, and officials say it is modeled after self-exclusion programs in Illinois, Iowa and Maryland.

Missouri Lottery Executive Director May Scheve Reardon says the $600 figure was chosen because lottery winnings of that amount or more are claimed at one of the lottery's regional offices. She says enforcement at 5,000 retail locations would be impossible.

To enact a self-ban, people will sign, notarize and submit an agreement to the Missouri Lottery. Officials will keep a database to be checked when someone comes to claim a prize. Those who have banned themselves will be denied payment.

 

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