JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House members are getting ready to consider a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would limit increases in state spending. The measure would cap budget increases at 1.5 percent of the revenue collected in the previous year, plus the rates of inflation and population change. If lawmakers approve the bill, it’d be put to a statewide referendum.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri senator wants to ban stores from letting young employees sell tobacco. The proposal by Senator Kiki Curls would prohibit anyone under 18 from selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. Retailers opposed the measure, saying it could hurt grocery stores and gas stations that employ high school students.

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Elected leaders in Joplin will meet tonight to consider a tornado recovery plan created by an advisory panel. The panel’s recommendations include creating four new business districts that would also allow residents to live and shop nearby.

ROLLA, Mo. (AP) — Officials with the University of Missouri system are set to announce a new chancellor for the Rolla campus. John Carney retired in August after six years leading the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jerry Clinton, a longtime St. Louis business leader and philanthropist, has died. A spokeswoman for Clinton says he died yesterday morning. He was 74 and had cancer. Clinton was the former president and owner of Grey Eagle Distributors. He sold the company in 2005.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon has embraced a plan to raise casino fees to generate more money for nursing homes for military veterans. Nixon’s budget director said yesterday that a $1 increase in the per-patron fee charged to casinos could generate about $50 million annually. The fee increase is one of several proposals put forth by lawmakers this year to dedicate more money to veterans’ homes.

FULTON, Mo. (AP) — A former mid-Missouri school bus driver who struck and killed a 6-year-old boy will serve five years on probation. Seventy-eight-year-old Willie Leonberger, of Auxvasse (oh-VAWZ’) pleaded guilty in November to second-degree involuntary manslaughter. Leonberger was driving a bus for the North Callaway School District in January of last year when he struck Hunter Pitt just seconds after the boy got off the bus.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — The estranged husband of a Missouri woman missing since June has been moved to an out-of-state prison following his conviction for threatening his sister-in-law. Clay Waller this week was moved to a low-security federal prison in Louisiana. Since his conviction in October he had been housed at the Pemiscot County jail.