St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a case questioning the constitutionality of Missouri's death penalty method. And in the wake of that decision, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is seeking an execution date for convicted killer Joseph Franklin.
Koster said Monday that the High Court ruling was the last legal hurdle to resuming executions in Missouri.
St. Louis – The city of St. Louis will move by the end of the week to sue the state over a law that allows firefighters to live outside of the city.
Governor Jay Nixon quietly signed the measure Friday that allows firefighters to move within an hour of the city's boundaries after seven years. Police got that right in 2005, and the sponsor of the 2010 measure, Republican state Senator Jim Lembke of South County may try next year to extend that right to all city employees.
Columbia, MO – Three people injured by a hydrogen gas explosion at a University of Missouri biochemistry lab have been released from a Columbia hospital. The university said a fourth person is in good condition.
The blast Monday afternoon blew several windows out of a lab building. Initial reports said a hydrogen tank exploded, but that turned out not to be true.
The Columbia Fire Department said too much hydrogen built up in an anaerobic hood - a device used to study bacteria that cannot survive in oxygen.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A St. Louis County lawmaker wants the Missouri House and Senate to pass legislation to reduce taxes on business owners during the special session currently underway.
State Representative John Diehl (R, Town and Country) has filed a proposed constitutional amendment that would place restrictions on the merchants and manufacturer's replacement tax. It's paid by owners of commercial property.