ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A 16-year-old has been charged in the shooting deaths of a couple in rural northwest Missouri. The Kansas City Star (reports that the teen is in juvenile custody. Fifth Judicial Circuit chief juvenile officer Linda Meyer says he’s been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 72-year-old James Johnson and 76-year-old Betty Johnson. Their bodies were found around 1 a.m. Saturday outside a home as Buchanan County deputies were responding to a request to check on the well-being of the residents. The teen was taken into custody at a different location.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s state budget director says increased revenue growth likely will make spending restrictions unnecessary in the new fiscal year. Newly released data shows revenue collections grew 8.8 percent in the fiscal year that ended last week. That’s compared to the previous fiscal year, when revenues dropped 1 percent.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers return to Columbia this week, and they’ll get their first test in coming up with a plan to bring down the Confederate flag. Several bills have been filed, but they don’t spell out the process of taking down the flag that’s flown over some part of the Statehouse for more than 50 years.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress return to Capitol Hill tomorrow from July Fourth fireworks and parades. They’re facing a daunting summer workload and an impending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall. But lawmakers face more immediate tests, such as renewing highway funding before the government loses authority July 31 to send much-needed transportation money to the states right in the middle of summer driving season.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s employment minister is suggesting that leaving the eurozone would be the worst possible option for the country. Rania Antonopoulos tells the BBC that there’s still time to get a deal. But with Greece’s future hanging in the balance, the country is running out of cash and is at risk of a financial crash. And Greece’s finance minister stepped down after yesterday Greek voters rejected a proposal from the country’s creditors for more austerity measures in return for more rescue loans.