ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis fire officials say a 41-year-old woman is dead after going into her burning home to save her dog.  The victim’s family has identified her as Janet Salsman. Authorities say firefighters found Salsman and one of her two dogs together in the house following yesterday’s blaze.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Senate panel is set to review the state’s numerous tax credit programs and their impact on the state budget. The Senate Appropriations Committee has a hearing scheduled for today on tax credits before it takes up Governor Jay Nixon’s proposed budget. The 61 tax credit program currently offered cost the state nearly $630 million in the latest fiscal year.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are planning seminars to help business and school officials in case they encounter a gunman on their premises. Two free seminars are planned at Ameren Corp. headquarters on February 15th. Police Chief Sam Dotson says recent high-profile shootings across the country show the need for the training.

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Singer Tony Orlando says this year’s Christmas shows will be his last holiday run in Branson. Orlando has been performing in the Missouri entertainment resort for 20 years. The Welk Resort Theatre says the 2013 “Tony Orlando’s Great American Christmas” will run from November 5th to November 30th.

LEBANON, Mo. (AP) – An ex-convict is charged with ramming his car into a Lebanon pawn shop and fleeing. Laclede County prosecutors filed five felony charges Saturday against 29-year-old James Roy Jacoby of Lebanon. It’s not immediately known if he has an attorney.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Columbia police say a patient suspected of fatally attacking another patient at the Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital is in custody. Police and hospital officials say the attack happened Friday. Hospital spokesman Stephen Gaither says the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs handed the case over to Columbia police on Saturday. No other details were immediately released, including the name of the victim.

TROY, Mo. (AP) – A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department employee is charged with stealing after an internal investigation showed she embezzled at least $25,000. Forty-seven-year-old Helen Mershon of Troy is jailed on a $75,000 cash-only bail. Officials said she did clerical work at the jail.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri legislative committee is set to release a proposed funding model for the state’s public colleges and universities. A new state law requires development of a higher education funding formula similar to the one used for public school districts.