Clerical error delays vote on Boeing incentives
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A clerical error has delayed a final vote on Missouri legislation offering incentives for Boeing to locate an airplane assembly plant in St. Louis.
The House had appeared ready to vote on the bill Friday. But that was delayed while lawmakers scrambled to fix a mistake in the official version of the bill.
The printed legislation distributed to the House is missing some phrases of an amendment adopted earlier this week in the Senate.
Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey described it as a staff clerical error that can be fixed. He said the bill still could come to a vote Friday in the House.
The legislation offers as much as $1.7 billion of incentives over more than two decades for Boeing to assemble the 777X commercial airplane in Missouri.
Snow, sleet, ice continue in Missouri
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A dangerous mix of snow, ice and sleet hammered southern Missouri for a second straight day on Friday, causing numerous accidents, including a wreck that killed a small-town mayor.
Missouri was among many states under winter storm and ice warnings, and the state was getting a slippery mix of precipitation.
There were reports of sleet a quarter-inch thick in the Cape Girardeau area, with snow on top of it. Some areas had up to 10 inches of snow on the ground by Friday morning, with more on the way. Making matters worse was bitter cold, with wind chills dipping to near zero.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Granby Mayor Ronald Arnall died Thursday afternoon when his truck ran off of Highway 39 and struck a tree. He was 64.
Car slides on ice, hits MetroLink train
PAGEDALE, Mo. (AP) - Eight passengers on a MetroLink light rail train in suburban St. Louis are recovering from what appeared to be minor injuries after a car slid into the path of a train.
The accident happened Friday morning on an ice-covered hill in Pagedale. The driver of the car was not hurt. The injured train passengers were taken to a hospital as a precaution.
St. Louis County police say the car came off an icy hill and slid past a crossing gate near the St. Charles Rock Road MetroLink station, striking the side of the train.
The accident caused a suspension of service in both directions for a time, but the track later reopened.
St. Louis police investigate 3 fatal shootings
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police are investigating after three people were shot and killed near Fairground Park on the city's north side.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that all three victims were killed Thursday afternoon. Police say that in one incident, 40-year-old Byron Earts was shot in the head and chest. In another, 22-year-old Justin Gordon and 21-year-old Devin Gordon lived in the same block where they were shot and killed.
The shootings happened about 90 minutes apart. Police aren't sure if the shootings are connected but are investigating possible links.
INDEPENDENCE POLICE SHOOTING
Independence police kill man during domestic call
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) - Independence police say officers shot and killed a man while responding to a domestic disturbance.
Officer Tom Gentry says the officers were responding to the disturbance Thursday night when the man confronted them with a gun. The officers shot and killed the man, whose name has not been released.
No officers were injured.
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.
Man convicted of killing roommate for heroin
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Springfield man faces life in prison without parole after being convicted of beating his roommate to death while stealing heroin.
Forty-year-old Jarrod Sirois was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder, meaning he will face life in prison without parole. Sirois' attorney had argued for a second-degree murder conviction, contending Sirois did not mean to kill Robert Pugh in July 2012.
The Springfield News-Leader reports testimony during the trial indicated Sirois used a metal pipe to beat Pugh while he slept on a couch at their Springfield home. Sirois told police he was trying to knock Pugh out to steal heroin in the couch cushions so he could kill himself.
Man gets 16 years for abducting college student
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for abducting a Washington University student from a campus parking garage and forcing her to withdraw money from several ATMs.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 24-year-old William James Cobbins was sentenced Thursday. A St. Louis County jury convicted him last month on charges of kidnapping, robbery and armed criminal action.
The crime happened in August 2012. The 23-year-old victim was a second-year law student. Cobbins approached her with a small knife, forced her into the driver's seat and made her drive for nearly two hours to several ATMs. He got away with $1,000.
Police tracked the victim's card and viewed surveillance footage to identify Cobbins.
Dooley formally announces re-election bid
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is formally running for office again.
Dooley launched his fourth re-election bid Thursday at a hotel near Lambert Airport. This time, he faces a challenge in the August Democratic primary from Steve Stenger, a county councilman.
Stenger has received endorsements from some unions and their leaders. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports he has raised about $90,000 more than Dooley.
Dooley has the backing of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, among others.
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