Independence, MO – The family of a Highway Patrol trooper who died in a rear-end collision in western Missouri is suing Ford Motor Company. They allege the location of the patrol car's fuel tank played a part in the car catching fire.
Michael Newton's family filed the lawsuit Tuesday, as did Michael Nolte of Leawood, Kansas. Nolte was in the car with Newton and survived the crash.
Theirs are the latest in a series of claims against Ford for its design of the Crown Victoria, which is commonly used by police.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden says he will once again veto the state's education budget.
Holden, a Democrat, is asking lawmakers a second time to consider raising new revenues for public schools and state colleges. He has suggested new taxes on casinos and cigarettes, as well as closing some tax loopholes.