JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon says Missouri’s new legislative session offers a chance for politicians to put past battles and mistakes behind them and start anew to meet the state’s challenges. The Democratic governor hosted a prayer breakfast today in the capital city that drew about 750 people. The annual event has become a tradition at the start of each legislative session.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A longtime Kansas City Fire Department leader has been promoted to replace Richard Dyer as the department’s chief. City Manager Troy Schulte today announced the appointment of Paul Berardi, who served 11 years as deputy chief before taking over as interim chief after Dyer retired in July.
ST. ANN, Mo. (AP) — A man hospitalized after a St. Louis County police chase is suspected in several recent bank robberies. Charges are pending against the suspect, who is suspected of robbing banks inside grocery stores in Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Overland, Brentwood, Maryland Heights and elsewhere. Police tried to stop the man yesterday, but he took off, prompting a chase that ended when the suspect crashed into an airport maintenance truck. The truck driver was not believed to be hurt. The suspect was hospitalized with injuries described as not life-threatening.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Public schools could receive state money for preschool programs under a new proposal by a Missouri senator. But budget concerns could diminish its prospects of passage. Sen. Joseph Keaveny filed two bills today that would fund preschool programs through the state formula that already distributes money for K-12 education. One version would provide state aid for all preschool students; the other would pay only for lower income students. Republican Senate leaders have said that they like Keaveny’s idea but it’s unlikely the state can afford it. The Democratic senator from St. Louis acknowledges that his proposal could cost millions of dollars. But he cites studies showing that early childhood education increases the chances that students will succeed later in life.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – The trigger man in the shooting death of a St. Joseph victim has been convicted in the killing. Buchanan County jurors yesterday convicted Elijah Pickett of second-degree murder and other charges in the death of 28-year-old Brian Ulmer during an attempted robbery at Ulmer’s home last August.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) – It looks like a sales tax increase to improve the grounds of the Gateway Arch is doomed in Saint Charles County. A majority of St. Charles County Council members said yesterday they will not likely put the issue on the April 2nd ballot. St. Louis city and county are expected to put the issue to voters in that same election.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 4-year-old girl was in critical condition after accidentally being shot in the head at a south Kansas City home. Police responded to the home just before noon today after a woman ran to a neighbor’s house and asked the neighbor to call 911. Police say four children were in the house at the time of the shooting, at least three of whom were alone in a room where a gun was accessible.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former southeast Missouri tax preparer is facing federal charges for filing nearly 100 returns that under-reported income, and having the refunds placed into her own account. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Cynthia Raymond, formerly of Jackson, Mo., was indicted yesterday on 10 federal felony counts. She was arrested today at the home where she now lives in Kansas City, Kan. Raymond is accused of including false deductions on the returns and providing clients with a different return than what she filed with the Internal Revenue Service. Prosecutors say she directed payment of the false refunds to her own account. Authorities believe Raymond received $103,000 of direct deposits into her account from the false refunds.