JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have enacted new religious exemptions from insurance coverage of birth control by overriding a gubernatorial veto. Yesterday’s GOP-led vote appeared to mark the first time a state has directly rebutted a policy by President Barack Obama’s administration requiring insurers to cover contraception. But the new Missouri law is quickly being hit with a lawsuit.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House Republicans have decided against trying to override Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of legislation on vehicle sales taxes. No motion was made to override Nixon’s veto when lawmakers met yesterday. The Republican-led House and Senate approved the measure earlier this year. Republican House leader Tim Jones said Wednesday he would welcome a special session over the sales tax issue. But Nixon says he is not calling a special session.

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois man is accused of killing his girlfriend’s 21-month-old son. Prosecutors in Madison County charged 29-year-old John Holmon the Third of Granite City, Illinois on Tuesday with first-degree murder in the death of Jasean Rusher.

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A man dubbed the Bucket List Bandit after telling a Utah bank teller he had only four months to live has struck again, this time in northwestern Pennsylvania. The FBI says surveillance video indicates the man who robbed the Huntingdon National Bank in Erie on Monday is the same man responsible for nine previous heists in eight other states since June 21st, including in Illinois and Missouri.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new government report says there are “vast improvements” at the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis. Two years ago, reports showed there was insufficient sterilization at the center’s dental clinic that may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to hepatitis and HIV.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is trumpeting her endorsements from firefighters and police groups in her re-election campaign. The Democratic senator is being challenged in the November election by Republican Congressman Todd Akin.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mayors from 41 Mississippi River communities are gathering in St. Louis today to try to develop ways to ensure and improve the sustainability of the nation’s longest waterway. Mayors from St. Louis, Memphis, Davenport, Iowa and St. Cloud, Minnesota are among those who are planning to attend the inaugural, three-day meeting of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — It’s the last weekend for swimming at beaches at four Missouri state parks. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is closing swimming beaches at Lake Wappapello, Long Branch, St. Joe and Stockton state parks on September 17th. Other beaches around the state have already closed.