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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that prohibits welfare recipients from using such funds at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs.
The legislation also bars recipients from using cash benefits to buy anything marketed for adults while increasing penalties for people who are convicted of spending benefits improperly. The newly signed law brings Missouri into compliance with federal restrictions on purchases using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families electronic cash benefit cards.
Nixon said Monday the legislation ensures assistance for those in need is provided in a proper manner.
Supporters said the measure would help to prevent fraud and abuse in the welfare system. Critics had said it would create unnecessary restrictions on where people can buy food.
Today is the start of unpaid furloughs for about 4,500 civilian employees at Scott Air Force Base in the Metro East.
For most workers at Scott Air Force Base--the 11 furlough days are being spread out in one-day-a-week increments for 11 weeks with many civilian workers opting for a 3-day weekend.
Lt. Korey Fratini tells the St. Louis Post Dispatch although the furlough days have been spread out it's still costing workers two weeks' pay. So, the base is offering financial and budgeting advice. Work normally done by furloughed workers are being picked up by remaining employees.
Also, Fort Leonard Wood in south-central Missouri is furloughing about 3,400 civilian workers under a similar 11-week process.
The furloughs are part of the sequester cost-cutting deal hammered out by the Obama Administration and Congress for the current fiscal year.
A St. Louis teen who had been reported missing in Florida over the weekend, has been found.
Florida authorities say Nicole Crowder was found this morning in Seminole County, which is north of Orlando. Police did not release any information on Crowder's condition. The girl was last seen with an unknown couple on the beach Saturday afternoon.
Authorities did not say if the couple was with Crowder when she was found.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The owner of a Missouri company seeking to open a horse-slaughter facility says he's been working with federal food safety officials to modify equipment at a processing site so the facility can humanely handle horses.
David Rains, of Rains Natural Meats in Gallatin, told The Springfield News-Leader he's been working with an equine consultant and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prepare the plant for horse slaughter. He says it's unclear how many horses the plant will handle if it's approved.
Animal protection groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop the revival of domestic horse slaughter at commercial processing plants. The Humane Society's lawsuit names the Rains facility and other prospective plants in Missouri, Tennessee and Oklahoma.
The USDA didn't immediately return a call Monday seeking comment.