(AP) – State News Stories

| February 7, 2013 | 9:08 am
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say they rescued a frail 17-year-old boy whom they found handcuffed to a pole in his parents’ Kansas City, Missouri basement. Police said yesterday that they are still investigating and haven’t submitted a report to prosecutors to consider possible charges. The teen’s name has not been released.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman is jailed after crashing a stolen car while being pursued by a state trooper in St. Louis.  A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper was on Interstate 44 yesterday and saw a Dodge Charger speeding and weaving in and out of lanes. The trooper gave chase but the driver refused to pull over before the female driver crashed. No one was seriously hurt.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new television commercial is promoting pending legislation that Missouri utility companies say will help improve the state’s electric infrastructure. The TV spot was paid for by a group called Missourians for a Balanced Energy Future and argues that the state’s energy regulations need to be updated.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are making another run at reinstating local taxes on vehicle sales after Governor Jay Nixon vetoed last year’s attempt. A Senate committee yesterday considered a proposal that would let local governments impose a tax. Voters then would decide whether to continue it.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County eating disorder treatment center will pay $140,000 to settle claims that it denied treatment of a woman because she’s HIV positive. The Justice Department announced the settlement yesterday. Former nurse Susan Gibson filed a complaint against Castlewood Treatment Center, saying she applied to the center in 2010 but was rejected.

PINEVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri state auditor’s office says it found $20,000 missing from the Pineville Municipal Court’s books. State Auditor Tom Schweich says the county prosecutor will determine if the missing money was stolen or the result of sloppy bookkeeping.  Auditors gave the court a poor rating for its procedures, internal controls and financial records.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House Republicans are considering a policy to let lawmakers continue smoking in their offices. Smoking is barred in the House chamber and public galleries. Republicans have proposed requiring any of their members who want to smoke in their offices to post signs on inner doors.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is the keynote speaker for a Missouri Republican conference. The Missouri Republican Party says Jindal is set to speak February 16th at a banquet for its annual Lincoln Days conference in St. Louis. Jindal also was a keynote speaker during the Lincoln Days event last year.

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