JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A redistricting commission that met into the early morning hours has reached a deal over new boundaries for Missouri’s 34 Senate districts. The bipartisan panel met for more than 13 hours with most of the discussions held behind closed doors. The tentative map isn’t final and will be submitted to the secretary of state’s office.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a bill to create a new traffic offense for people who get distracted behind the wheel, even if they haven’t broken any other laws. A misdemeanor charge could apply to people who text while driving.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis will keep using red-light cameras while it appeals a judge’s ruling that its ordinance is invalid. The judge ruled last spring the city and other municipalities lack authority to use the cameras without supporting state legislation. He says the St. Louis ordinance fails to provide a way for drivers to challenge most tickets.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is proposing to use money recovered from consumer fraud cases to help pay for a $3.2 million renovation of his staff’s office. Koster said yesterday that the remodeling would spruce up a long-neglected part of the Broadway State Office Building, complementing repairs made over the past couple years.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has passed legislation limiting the ability of losing candidates to seek recounts in close elections. Under current Missouri law, losing candidates can get recounts whenever their margin of defeat is less than 1 percentage point. The Legislation passed by a 122-32 vote yesterday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man faces charges for shooting a friend in the forehead, even though the friend apparently asked him to be shot. 18-year-old Matthew Pellegrini isn’t expected to survive the point-blank shot to the head. Twenty-one-year-old Kevin Beindorff is charged with assault and armed criminal action.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to appeal a court ruling that invalidated a state fund designed to offer incentives to science and technology companies. The Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act was struck down earlier this week because it contained a clause that the law would not take effect without the passage of a separate measure, which was not approved. A trial judge ruled the contingency clause violated the governor’s veto power under the Missouri constitution.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities are searching for those responsible for breaking into several vehicles parked at Lambert Airport in St. Louis. The crimes happened earlier today. An airport spokesman says four men in a white van broke into the vehicles on a private lot controlled by American Airlines and not patrolled by airport police.