(AP) – State Stories – January 25th

| January 25, 2013
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones will give the Republican response to Governor Jay Nixon’s State of the State speech next week. The Democratic governor will address a joint session of the Legislature on Monday.

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) – A 20-year-old robbery suspect shot by a St. Louis County supermarket clerk is now facing charges. Adam Willoughby has been charged with attempted robbery. The crime happened yesterday morning at Mally Supermarket in Country Club Hills. Willoughby remains hospitalized in critical condition.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate is confirming some of its former members to state boards and commissions. The appointments were made by the governor and unanimously approved yesterday.

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — An advocate for smokers’ rights is asking dozens of St. Louis county businesses to protest a proposal that would remove their exemptions to a countywide smoking ban. The request comes after County Councilman Mike O’Mara said he wanted to make the smoking ban more stringent.

WILLOW SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — Texas County officials say they might not be able to determine the exact cause of a fire that killed a 16-year-old boy. Ian Hatfield died in the blaze yesterday at a home on a rural road between Willow Springs and Houston. Authorities say the fire started in the kitchen, but the damage was so severe it’s unclear what started the blaze.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man who broke into a St. Louis garage has been killed after a resident took the intruder’s knife and stabbed him. Police say the intruder kicked in the door of a detached garage last night while a man and woman were inside. During a scuffle, police say a resident used the intruder’s knife to stab him multiple times.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Attorney General Chris Koster says his Medicaid fraud unit collected more than $50 million last year. Koster says the unit took action against 49 Medicaid health care providers in 2012. The amount received by the unit was up from the $20 million Koster’s office reported collecting in 2011.

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