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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation authorizing tax incentives for big-time sports events and some charitable donations.

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Nixon highlighted his support for the charitable tax breaks by traveling to a food bank in Cape Girardeau on Friday. He signed the sports incentives without comment.

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The sports legislation authorizes up to $3 million of tax credits annually for organizations that host amateur sporting events such as NCAA tournaments or Olympic trials. Lawmakers hope the cash will help Missouri compete with other states.

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The other bill reinstates tax credits for donations to food pantries, child advocacy centers and pregnancy resource centers that had expired in recent years. Nixon says the tax credits can leverage private donations to help "our most vulnerable citizens."

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Both bills were passed by the Legislature on March 13.

Friday, 29 March 2013 13:24
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The impeachment hearing Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul, will continue as planned on Monday night.

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A judge ruled against Paul's lawyer, Chet Pleban's request to postpone the hearing. The Post-Dispatch reports that Pleban claimed the city council was biased against Paul and the impeachment proceedings were unconstitutional. The judge said those issues should be raised at the hearing, which is being held one night before the city council elections.

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Paul is facing impeachment for several reasons, including allegedly throwing a former council member out of a meeting last year.

 

Friday, 29 March 2013 12:34
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A crazy police chase started on the highway and ended at the antelope exhibit at the St. Louis Zoo.

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Police say they tried to pull a car over at 64 and Kingshighway last night around 11:30. The driver sped off, but crashed at the Hampton exit. That is when the man ran into Forest Park and headed for the zoo. Officers caught up to the man as he was trying climb into the antelope enclosure and a park ranger was forced to use a stun gun to stop the man.

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The name of the man has not been released, pending charges.

 

Friday, 29 March 2013 12:28
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Budweiser is offering a dream prize for one lucky Cardinals fan.

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Fans 21 and older can text the word HITCH to 23377 (BEERS) and be entered to win four tickets to the Home Opener on April 8. But how the tickets are delivered is the real prize. The Budweiser Clydesdales will bring the tickets to the winners home and they will be hand-delivered by pitcher Chris Carpenter. This contest is part of promotion for a limited edition of Budweiser cans that celebrate baseball.

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More info on the contest can be found at absweeps.com/hitch.

 

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