JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is wrapping up his action on bills passed earlier this year by state lawmakers. Nixon announced today that he has signed legislation that requires state agencies to review their rules every five years and eliminate those determined to be unnecessary. State regulations would need to be reviewed on a rotating schedule. He also signed a bill to repeal unfunded and obsolete programs.
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch is denouncing the county’s Economic Council for hiring a convicted felon as vice president of real estate and community development. The Economic Council last week hired 60-year-old Dean Burns at an annual salary of nearly $128,000. He was working in the same job in 1999 when he pleaded guilty to charges for illegally transferring $30,000 in Housing and Urban Development rent deposits to his private company. Denny Coleman, president of the Economic Council, defended the hiring, citing Burns’ skills in real estate development at a time when the county is facing an excess of retail space.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk) says the state lost out on nearly $1.3 million because of how the Office of Administration has billed for a new telephone system. The Office of Administration was supposed to determine costs for the phone system and charge state agencies for their share. Money would be deposited in a revolving fund and bills paid from that fund. However, auditors say the Office of Administration did not collect enough money from the agencies and instead used money included in its budget.
POTOSI, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri man is dead after a suspected meth lab exploded in the basement of a home. The explosion happened late Wednesday in Potosi, killing 30-year-old Dwain Lee Ducharme. Authorities arrested 43-year-old Amy Huff of Potosi. She faces charges a variety of meth-related charges and is jailed on $250,000 cash-only bond. Huff had drug charges pending from an arrest in September.
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in southeast Missouri’s Butler County say two teenage girls whose fight was captured on a video that went viral are expected to face charges, and so are two men, including the father of one of the girls. The girls, ages 18 and 19, fought in the parking lot near a flea market last weekend, apparently over a boy. The violent fight was posted on Facebook.
JACKSON, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri county is facing an increasing number of indigent burials. Cape Girardeau County commissioners say the annual allotment for indigent burials is already used up for the year. The county has buried five people in 2012 who did not leave behind enough money to cover the cost, and who do not have relatives or others who can pay. From 2000 to 2005, the county paid to bury eight people at a total cost of $4,400. Twenty burials or cremations since 2006 cost the county nearly $12,000. There have been 14 indigent burials since 2010.