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The Missouri House has approved legislation requiring employers to check potential employees' legal resident status. Missouri already requires public and private employers that receive state money to participate in a federal work authorization program. The bill would extend the requirement to all Missouri employers.

 
Thursday, 25 April 2013 17:21
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A proposal to designate an official anthem of Missouri appears to have hit a flat note in a legislative committee.

   Opera singer Neal E. Boyd wants lawmakers to designate a song that he wrote called the "Missouri Anthem" as the official state anthem. But his pitch received mixed reviews Thursday by the House tourism committee.

 

   While some lawmakers praised the song, others suggested it seemed a little too high-cultured for Missouri and might sound better with a fiddle or some country twang.

   The committee decided not to vote on the legislation Thursday, making it unlikely to advance before the session ends in mid-May.

   Boyd is a Sikeston native who won an America's Got Talent contest in 2008.

 

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   Anthem bill is HB871.

 
Thursday, 25 April 2013 13:30
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   Authorities say there was a dispute between the man suspected of killing five members of a Manchester, Illinois family and at least one of the victims, but they don't know what it was about.  

   Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond says investigators are running down reports that Rick Smith was involved in a custody dispute with a member of the family.  His brother has said the victims were all related to Smith's ex-girlfriend. 

   Illinois State Police have released the identities of five family members killed.  Authorities have identified the victims as brothers, one year old Brantley Ralston and five year old Nolan Ralston.  Their slain parents are 29 year old James Roy Ralston and 23 year old Brittney Luark, who was also five months pregnant. The fifth victim is Luark's grandmother and the great grandmother of the children, 67 year old Jo Ann Sinclair.

   Hospital officials in Springfield say the lone survivor of the shooting spree, the boys' six year old sister, has been upgraded from serious to fair condition.

   Smith was shot and later died following a gun battle with police.
 
   A trust fund has now been established at the Peoples Bank and Trust to help the family of the victims pay for funeral expenses.  
 
 
Donations can be made to:
 
Peoples Bank and Trust
102 South Main
PO Box 258
White Hall, IL 62092
 
 
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In the wake of bombings at the Boston Marathon and flooding closer to home, Missouri Governor Nixon was in St. Charles Thursday morning for the State Emergency Management Agency's annual conference. 

 

Speaking in front of hundreds of emergency responders at the St. Charles Convention Center, Governor Nixon called on the Missouri Senate to reverse their recent budget cuts to public safety and homeland security funding. The Senate's 2014 budget slashes federal funds in half to about $21 million dollars. Nixon said the funds are crucial to those in need.

 

"These folks needs these assets," Nixon said. "We need to make sure we have response capacity. This is not political and this should not be controversial." 

 

Nixon said that without vital federal emergency funds, the state's response to recent flooding and even possible homeland security threats would not be up to speed.

 

"I do not know why the Senate left it our of their budget, but we need to fix it," Nixon said. 

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