(AP) – State Stories – February 5th

| February 5, 2013
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Juvenile authorities say they will seek to try two runaways as adults in the killing of a Michigan couple in southwest Missouri. A judge decided yesterday to keep the teens in custody while authorities continue to investigate. Currently, the teen suspects face juvenile charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and burglary.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two Missouri state senators want to impose a 1-cent sales tax to pay for transportation needs. Jefferson City Republican Mike Kehoe and Crystal City Democrat Ryan McKenna are set to hold a news conference today to discuss their plan.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The retired Army psychologist who’s vying to become the head of the University of Missouri’s College of Education is set to visit the Columbia campus today. Former Colonel Larry James’ candidacy has drawn protests by human rights groups, who say he was complicit in the abuse of Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new report says health insurance payments for autism-related treatments in Missouri rose by more than 50 percent last year. In 2012, more than 2,500 people received treatment that was covered by insurance for autism spectrum disorders; a law that took effect in 2011 required health insurance companies to cover certain autism treatments.

VERSAILLES, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have taken three people into custody while investigating a double homicide in central Missouri. The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release that a woman called 911 around 11:05 a.m. Monday to report that she had been shot. Deputies and a state trooper rushed to a home south of the central Missouri town of Versailles (vur-SAYLZ’).

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County officials say people should beware of a new jury duty hoax. Some county residents are being called and told to pay fines or face jail time for missing jury duty. The calls direct people to a hotline, which includes an official-sounding message that ends with laughter.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri senators have confirmed Gov. Jay Nixon’s appointee to a key administrative post, despite concerns about his role in approving the purchase of a new $5.6 million airplane. The Senate yesterday signed off on the appointment of Doug Nelson as commissioner of administration.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri senators are proposing to revive an insolvent fund for disabled workers by raising fees on businesses and restricting future claims. A bill debated Monday seeks to replenish the state’s Second Injury Fund, which was created 70 years ago. The fund has a deficit of about $25 million that is expected to keep growing.

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