Obama prods Congress to fix corporate loopholes
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - President Barack Obama is prodding Congress to close corporate tax loopholes and take other action before going on summer break this week instead of trying to sue him.
House Republicans are poised to vote to authorize a lawsuit against the president for overstepping his constitutional authority. The White House is calling it a "stunt" and says Obama plans to address it in a speech Wednesday at Kansas City's historic Uptown Theater.
The White House says he will argue that lawmakers instead should take actions like closing tax loopholes that encourage corporations to move operations overseas. Obama says the "tax inversions" are wrong even if they're legal.
Obama went out for barbecue Tuesday night with four Kansas City residents to highlight the struggles of working Americans.
Missouri reports case of mosquito-borne virus
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri health officials have reported the state's first case of a mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading to the U.S. from the Caribbean.
The St. Louis County Health Department announced Tuesday that a resident was infected with chikungunya (chih-kihn-GUHN'-yuh) while traveling in the Caribbean.
Mosquitoes in the St. Louis region are not known to carry the virus. Chikungunya cannot be passed from human to human.
Chikungunya causes symptoms such as fever and joint pain within a week after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. Patients can also develop severe headaches, muscle pain and swollen joints. The virus is typically not fatal.
There is no vaccine and no specific treatment
Cool summer hurting attendance at some pools
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Summer is typically hot and steamy in St. Louis. Not this summer, and the cooler-than-usual weather is hurting attendance at many St. Louis area pools and water parks.
Maplewood Family Aquatic Center manager Robert Perks told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that this has been the slowest summer he can remember. Assistant City Manager Anthony Traxler says pool attendance is down 7 percent.
The average July temperature in St. Louis is 3.3 degrees below normal. Many days have been much cooler. Consider July 15, when the high last year was 91. This year, the high was 74.
The mild weather has been good for some attractions, though. Attendance at Missouri Botanical Garden is up 43 percent from July 2013, and nearly 150 percent from the scorching summer of 2012.
Man dies of injuries from explosive device
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A suburban St. Louis man has died from injuries suffered when he picked up an explosive device in his yard earlier this month.
Authorities say 51-year-old Michael Keen of St. Charles was doing yard work on the afternoon of July 5 when he found a mortar shell. He picked it up and it blew off part of his hand and caused several other injuries, including internal injuries.
Keen died Monday at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Police don't know what the device was doing in Keen's yard. An investigation continues.
Home burglarized while family flees from crime
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis family was simply trying to avoid crime. Instead, their actions made them crime victims.
Venus Houston was recently featured in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story about shootings in the Baden neighborhood. Houston said at the time that the family had been leaving their home at night to avoid random gun violence.
Houston told police Sunday that somebody broke into their home while they were gone and stole a television.
Three people are charged in a fatal shooting on July 20. No arrests have been made in the second shooting that same day, when a 35-year-old man was shot in the back.
Police say there have been 77 burglaries in the Baden neighborhood this year, six more than in the same period in 2013.
SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS BARRED
Some special needs Iowa kids barred from rides
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A Mississippi Valley Fair official has apologized to special needs kids and their parents after some of the children weren't allowed on some rides.
The Quad-City Times says some employees of Tom Evans United Shows wouldn't let the kids get on the rides Tuesday, which was Special Needs Day at the fair in Davenport. Greg Dwyer says his 17-year-old daughter had ridden the Ferris wheel for 14 years in a row, but she wasn't allowed on it Tuesday.
A phone mail recording said Wednesday that it couldn't take more messages at the number for Tom Evans United Shows, of Plattsburg, Missouri.
Fair director Bob Fox said as he apologized that special needs guests who were turned away are invited back Sunday to "enjoy the fair as it should be."
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