Missouri Lottery gave less to education in 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered a review of the Missouri Lottery after a decline in the proceeds transferred to education.
The Missouri Lottery had record sales of nearly $1.16 billion during the 2014 budget year that ended June 30.
But the amount of money transferred to education declined to $267 million from a high mark of nearly $289 million during the 2013 budget.
Nixon said Wednesday that he has asked the Office of Administration to conduct a comprehensive review of the Lottery's ability to provide a stable funding source for public schools.
Most Lottery revenues are paid out in prizes.
About 23 percent of the proceeds were transferred to education during the last budget year. That percentage had been consistently above 25 percent during the past decade.
KANSAS CITY GUNS
KC leaders endorse ban on openly carrying guns
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A City Council committee in Kansas City has endorsed a measure that would ban people from openly carrying firearms in the city limits.
The Kansas City Star reports Mayor Sly James has pushed for the ban, noting that the tourist town of Lake Ozark also has voted for a similar prohibition, even by those with concealed carry permits.
The council's Public Safety Committee on Wednesday endorsed the ban, which will go before the full City Council on July 31.
The future of the measure is uncertain because of a bill approved this year by Missouri's General Assembly that would void any local ordinance prohibiting open carry for anyone with a concealed carry permit.
Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill, but the Legislature is likely to attempt an override in September.
SSM, doctor involved in surgery error to part ways
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A suburban St. Louis health care company is parting ways with a neurosurgeon who operated on the wrong side of a woman's brain last year.
SSM Health Care and Dr. Armond Levy both confirm that his contract was not renewed. It expires in October. SSM says Levy was not fired and the decision had nothing to do with the surgery on 53-year-old Regina Turner of St. Ann, Missouri.
Turner went to SSM St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, Missouri, in April 2013 for surgery on the left side of her brain to reduce her stroke risk.
The surgery was instead performed on the right side of her brain. A lawsuit claiming that Turner will suffer potentially lifelong medical problems as a result of the botched surgery was settled in January.
REAL ESTATE FRAUD
Town and Country man pleads guilty to mail fraud
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis County man who claimed to own land in southeast Missouri that he planned to sell to Wal-Mart has pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud involving more than $1 million in improper loans.
Fifty-four-year-old Ronald Roberts of Town and Country was accused of soliciting personal loans for a phony real estate deal connected to property he purported to own near Poplar Bluff. Roberts actually owned a small parcel more than 10 miles away in the Butler County town of Neelyville with a market value of less than $30,000. The property was also tied up by a judgment of more than $13 million against Roberts.
Roberts pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in St. Louis. Sentencing is scheduled for mid-October.
Man fatally stabbed in St. Louis; woman charged
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 24-year-old woman is facing murder charges after a man was stabbed to death in St. Louis.
Tyrone Barnett of Hillsdale was stabbed in the neck shortly after midnight Wednesday at a housing project. Police say Barnett and Tyianna Motton had been arguing just prior to the stabbing.
Barnett was pronounced dead at a hospital. Motton was arrested at the scene and is jailed on first-degree murder and armed criminal action charges. She is jailed without bond.
Chiefs, running back Jamaal Charles reach deal
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles has agreed to a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs announced the deal Wednesday night.
The two-year extension runs through the 2017 season, a person familiar with the contract said on condition of anonymity because the team didn't disclose terms of the contract.
The six-year NFL veteran ran for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last year to help the Chiefs reach the playoffs. He also had 70 catches for 693 yards and seven more TDs as Kansas City went 11-5 before losing to Indianapolis in an AFC wild-card game.
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