Proposal to prompt higher property taxes for farms
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri farmers will get a larger property tax bill for their land starting in 2015.
Property tax for agricultural land is based on its productive value. Farms are divided into eight groups based upon land quality, with the best in Grade 1 and the worst in Grade 8.
The Missouri Tax Commission has recommended increasing the productive values for all farms by about 5 percent. State lawmakers' deadline to reject that proposal was this past weekend. It means the new values will be in place for the 2015 and 2016 tax years.
The tax commission estimates the change will mean about 10 cents more tax per acre. The commission says the last change in productive values took effect in 1995.
HOUSING TAX CREDITS
Audit: Mo. housing tax credit inefficient
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A new audit says Missouri's low-income housing program is inefficient and among the costliest in the nation.
The report Monday by State Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk) says Missouri awards more low-income-housing tax credits per capita than any other state.
But the audit says the program is inefficient because only 42 cents of every $1 in tax credits goes toward the actual construction of housing. The report says the rest goes to investors, syndication firms and federal taxes.
Special committees that have analyzed the program have reached similar conclusions in the past. But lawmakers have been at loggerheads over whether to pare back the program because some say it has a laudable goal.
The audit says the tax credits helped finance about 47,000 housing units since 1998.
JOPLIN-$1 BILLION RECOVERY
Rebuilding since Joplin tornado tops $1 billion
(Information in the following story is from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com)
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Costs of rebuilding and repairs since the May 2011 tornado that hit Joplin and Duquesne have topped $1 billion.
The Joplin Globe reports the city of Joplin recorded just over $991 million in repairs and new construction since the tornado, with another $46 million for two school projects just outside city limits and an estimated $5 million in Duquesne.
The May 22, 2011 tornado did millions of dollars in damage and killed 161 people in Joplin and Duquesne, a village just east of Joplin.
Joplin officials say the rebuilding signified that most people decided to stay, rather than leave the devastated area. The city of Joplin reported a population decline of only 4 to 4.5 percent from its pre-tornado census of 50,150.
Kansas City woman charged in wrong-way death
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jackson County prosecutors charged a Kansas City woman with involuntary manslaughter after a fatal wrong-way accident on Interstate 70.
Thirty-two-year-old Lanelle Griffin was also charged Monday with driving with a revoked license in the February crash that killed 35-year-old Karl Silvey.
Police say Silvey was a passenger in Griffin's car when she drove west in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Kansas City and collided head-on with a semi-trailer truck.
Court records indicate Griffin's blood contained high levels of cocaine and her blood-alcohol reading was .206 at the time of the crash.
Griffin remained in jail Monday in lieu of a $100,000 bond. Online records do not indicate that she has a lawyer.
CHILD FALLS FROM CAR
1-year-old child falls out of car on highway
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) - A 30-year-old woman is charged with several municipal violations after a 1-year-old child fell out of her moving car on a Missouri highway.
GiAnni Henderson of Lee's Summit was charged Monday with child endangerment, driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She also faces several traffic violations.
The child suffered only minor injuries after falling out of the car Sunday night on an exit ramp of U.S. 50 in Lee's Summit. A passing driver stopped and helped the child until emergency crews arrived. Investigators determined the child was not properly restrained.
All the charges will be heard in municipal court.
Man hit crossing I-70 in St. Charles County
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A man is hospitalized with serious injuries after being struck while trying to walk across Interstate 70 in suburban St. Louis.
KMOV-TV reports that the man was crossing the interstate about 9:30 a.m. Monday when he was struck in the eastbound lanes. Police say the driver of the vehicle was not at fault.
The victim's name and details about why he was on the interstate have not been released.
Fire damages warehouse in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A seven-story warehouse in St. Louis is damaged following a three-alarm fire.
The blaze broke out late Sunday and it took several hours, into Monday morning, before it was under control. Firefighters say the fifth floor of the building was badly damaged. The sixth floor sustained smoke damage.
No injuries were reported and it wasn't immediately known if anyone was in the building at the time of the fire.
The cause remains under investigation.
The building is used for storage of automobiles.
Plane that crashed in Missouri in 2012 hit a tree
CANTON, Mo. (AP) - Federal investigators say a plane that crashed in northeast Missouri, killing both men on board, hit a tree before crashing.
The victims of the Aug. 29, 2012, crash were identified as 74-year-old John R. Johnson, of Carbondale, Ill., and 47-year-old Carl S. Maiden, of DuQuoin, Ill. The 1956 twin-engine Piper crashed a few miles from Canton.
In a probable cause report released Friday, the National Transportation Safety Board says the plane took off a Pinckneyville, Ill., airport and was headed to a private airstrip near Blakesburg, Iowa.
The NTSB says the probable cause of the accident was the 74-year-old pilot's decision to try to make a forced landing in a field with obstacles. The report says the plane hit a tree, and that there were larger, more open fields nearby.
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