JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Senate Democrats blocked a vote on legislation that would change which projects fall under the state's wage requirement for public construction projects.
Under current law, "maintenance" work is not subject to the state's prevailing wage rules. But a 2011 Missouri Supreme Court decision expanded the definition of "construction," causing more projects to be subject to the wage requirement.
The bill that stalled Monday would define maintenance as routine, recurring and usual work that cannot exceed $75,000. Any work that does not meet those requirements would be subject to the prevailing wage. Democrats argue the measure would allow government entities to do construction projects without paying the wage requirement.
Prevailing wage is the rate paid for a give trade on public construction projects.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joyce Brothers, who put the "pop" into psychology, has died in New York. She was 85.
The cause of death was respiratory failure.
During a long and prolific career, Brothers pioneered the TV advice show in the 1950s and also worked as a syndicated columnist, author, and even actress.
Her celebrity took off after she entered a television quiz show called "The $64,000 Question." She became the only woman to ever win the show's top prize.
Some breaking news at this hour. A woman is dead after falling out of a seventh-story apartment window.
The accident happened in the 700 block of N Euclid at the Roosevelt Town Apartments around 3:30. The woman has not been identified, but police say she was in her 20's.
The cause of the fall is under investigation.
A teacher and coach at Cahokia High School is facing charges for allegedly knowingly transmitting HIV.
Police say that Mario Hunt knew he was HIV positive and engaged in intimate contact with a boy under 18 years old. The school has suspended Hunt. He was a teacher's assistant and helped to coach several teams. The school revealed that the alleged relationship started with contact on Facebook.
Hunt faces three charges including the felony of transmitting HIV.