Missouri House votes to forego pay increases

Jan 21, 2015
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Members of the Missouri House have rejected a proposed raise for themselves and other state elected officials.

The House voted Tuesday to forego salary increases of about 11 percent for themselves and a proposed increase of $22,000 per year for Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Tyson Foods Inc. will pay $539,000 for a chemical spill that killed more than 100,000 fish and caused a southwest Missouri town's wastewater treatment system to fail.

The settlement was announced Tuesday by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who sued the company last June.

Koster says that last May, Tyson discharged wastewater that contained an acidic animal feed supplement from its Aurora facility, eventually causing Monett's wastewater treatment system to fail and contaminating Clear Creek in Barry County.

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  The Supreme Court says lower courts should look again at an appeal from a Missouri man on death row for killing a woman and her two children 16 years ago.

The justices ruled Tuesday that Mark Christeson deserves the chance to argue that his court-appointed attorneys were ineffective because they missed a 2005 deadline to appeal his conviction in federal court by almost four months.

It is uncommon for someone to be executed without a federal appeals court hearing.

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Ferguson's first municipal election since a fatal police shooting sparked months of protests has drawn relatively little interest from prospective candidates as the filing deadline approaches.

Three of the St. Louis suburb's six City Council seats are up for election on April 7 and none of the three incumbents plans to seek re-election.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles says two of those council members decided not to run again well before 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in August.

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A Missouri Republican who supports Medicaid expansion will introduce a bill that would cover veterans and their families.

Missouri residents with incomes below the federal poverty level, or $19,530 for a family of three, do not qualify for Medicaid or for subsidies to buy health insurance through a federally run website.

Sen. Ryan Silvey, of Kansas City, says that group includes veterans' families. He plans to introduce a bill expanding Medicaid for veterans that fall in the coverage gap created by Missouri's decision not to expand the program.

Today Paul Pepper visits with first-time guest - and Missouri's first poet laureate - WALTER BARGEN. Walter has written many books, his latest being "Gone West," which he reads a portion of on today's show! January 20, 2015

Newscast for January 20, 2015

Jan 20, 2015

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  • MU Drone Program
  • Jay Nixon State of the State Address


Mark Glenshaw / forestparkowls.blogspot.com

In the past nine years St. Louisan Mark Glenshaw, the so-called owl man, said he has ventured into that city's Forest Park about 2,500 times to follow the activities of two great horned owls who he has named Charles and Sarah.

Years ago he began doing what he calls owl prowls where maybe half a dozen folks go with him on a guided tour of the owl's territory.