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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Some adoption advocates say Gov. Jay Nixon should veto new Missouri legislation dealing with international law because it could complicate overseas adoptions.
The legislation would make court rulings unenforceable if they use rulings or decisions based upon foreign laws that are inconsistent with the state and U.S. constitutions.
The Jefferson City News Tribune reports adoption advocates are concerned about the measure. Lutheran Family and Children's Services said it could mean Missouri would not recognize an adoption decree that is completed in the child's birth country.
Sen. Brian Nieves says people opposed to the legislation are using "dishonest tactics." Nieves, a Republican from Washington, Mo., says many critics have ignored that the legislation targets foreign laws inconsistent with the constitution.
It seems reports of the demise of the postal service are greatly exaggerated.
The USPS has several job openings. The next two job fairs are on Thursday and Friday at the post offices in Washington and Imperial, Missouri respectively. News of open jobs is welcome news after rumors of lay-offs dogged the agency earlier this year.
Saturday mail delivery was designated for cuts, but legislators approved a bill that would mandate Saturday delivery.
A link to the application process is here.
You can see a job description here.
Remaining job fairs this week:
Thursday, May 30, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Washington Post Office
1777 Washington Crossing
Washington, MO 63091-9998
Friday, May 31, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Imperial Post Office
6035 W. Outer Rd
Imperial, MO 63052-9998
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Senate Democrats are crafting concealed carry legislation that doesn't also curb local firearms laws and toughens alcohol-related prohibitions.
Senate President John Cullerton's office says the measure will leave local firearms regulations in place. A plan the House adopted last week allowing the carrying of concealed guns would invalidate city ordinances like Chicago's assault-weapons ban.
The Senate Executive Committee will hear the plan Tuesday morning.
The proposal sponsored by Chicago Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul would also prohibit firearms in businesses that serve alcohol. The House plan would nix toting guns only if liquor sales are more than half of the establishment's gross revenue.
The Raoul plan would make penalties for carrying under the influence of alcohol tougher too.
A total of six deaths on Missouri roads and waterways this holiday weekend.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says five people died in the more than 270 accidents from Friday night through Monday. There were also 129 arrests for drunken driving.
On the waterways, one man died at Upper Big Lake, just east of Sikeston. Troopers say 64-year-old Oscar Shannon fell overboard and drowned while tying his boat to a tree--he was not wearing a life jacket.
The six deaths represent a decrease from the nine fatalities investigated on roadways over the holiday weekend in 2012.