Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's revenue collections are improving, although they're still generally lower than at this time last year.
Overall revenue for the current Fiscal Year is more than one percent lower than it was a year ago at this time. But income tax collections are nearly two percent higher than last year, and nearly four percent higher than last month.
Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the increases were spurred by a dip in unemployment.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has set up a task force to review the state's domestic violence laws.
The task force will examine laws currently on the books and recommend new legislation for lawmakers to sponsor next year. Koster says one area he wants to address is reluctance of domestic violence victims to testify against their abusers.
"We're gonna listen to prosecutors and social workers give us the arguments on what to do on this type of situation," Koster said.
By Rachel Lippmann / Kelsey Proud, St. Louis Public Radio
ST. LOUIS – The committee in charge of reviewing judges in St. Louis County has recommended that voters do not allow associate circuit judge Judy Draper to remain a judge in November.
This is not the first time that Judge Draper has received low marks from the review committee. In 2006, 73 percent of attorneys who participated in a survey recommended that she not be retained. She was, with 60 percent of the vote.
East Carondelet, Ill. – The two boys, ages 13 and 12, are in custody in connection with Monday's blaze in East Carondelet. But their names haven't been released, with investigators expected to present their case to St. Clair county prosecutors Wednesday.
Sheriff's Capt. Steve Johnson says the boys were headed to a relative's house in a stolen car when they ran out of gas, then went into a property owner's shed and knocked over a motorcycle in search of fuel.
Hazelwood, Mo. – One woman is dead and three others, including two young children, are injured after the car they were in crashed soon after police tried to pull over the car's driver, a suspected shoplifter.
It happened Tuesday afternoon in Hazelwood, when workers at a Family Dollar store called police to report a man had stuffed bottles of laundry detergent in his pants.
Police tried to pull the suspect's car over. The driver took off but police did not give chase.