Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) - Missouri has executed an inmate convicted of murder in the 1993 deaths of a farming couple.
Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O'Connell says William Rousan was declared dead at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday. He was put to death by lethal injection at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre.
Prosecutors say Rousan, his teenage son Brent Rousan and William's brother Robert Rousan murdered Charlie and Grace Lewis on Sept. 21, 1993 as part of a plot to steal two of the couple's cows.
Brent Rousan is serving life in prison without parole. Robert Rousan served seven years after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.
House OKs use of cannabis extract for epilepsy
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has endorsed legislation allowing use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy is not relieved by other treatments.
The bill would permit use of "hemp extract" with little of the substance that makes marijuana users feel high and greater amounts of a chemical called cannabidiol, or CBD. Patients would need to have epilepsy that a neurologist has determined is not responding to at least three treatment options. Patients or their parents would need a state-issued registration card.
Growers would have to be nonprofit organizations and have a license from the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
House members gave the measure first-round approval Tuesday by voice vote. It needs another affirmative vote to move to the Senate.
Columbia police investigate homicide
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Columbia police are investigating the death of a man in an apartment building as a homicide.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1nFcyHG ) a man who lives nearby called police around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday after hearing a half-dozen gunshots. The neighbor says he saw two men running away from the apartment building.
Information about the man who was shot dead was not immediately released.
Investigators were looking for a green Chevrolet Impala with more than one person inside. Police weren't sure if those in the car were victims or suspects, but dispatchers received reports of gunfire exchanged between the vehicle and those in the small apartment building.
Mo. Democrat reconsidering support for GOP tax cut
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The lone Democrat to vote for a Missouri income tax cut says he is reconsidering his support because of concerns raised by Gov. Jay Nixon.
House member Jeff Roorda, of Barnhart, joined Republicans last week in voting to pass legislation that would gradually cut income taxes for individuals and many business owners.
Nixon raised concerns Tuesday that the bill could eliminate taxes on all income over $9,000 and create a hole in the state budget.
Republican legislative leaders say that's absurd. They're vowing to try to override Nixon's likely veto.
An override requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers. That means Republicans would have to vote as a block and get the support of at least one House Democrat.
Roorda says he wants more information before voting on the override.
Man who avoided prison for 13 years seeks release
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for more than a decade before he was locked up last year is asking a Missouri judge to set him free.
A petition filed by Cornealious Michael Anderson in Mississippi County Circuit Court on Tuesday seeks to require the Missouri Department of Corrections to credit the 13 years he was technically at large after a 2000 robbery conviction.
It's a legal option previously suggested by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who at the same time defended the state's decision to imprison Anderson.
Anderson's Florida-based attorney had previously said he was skeptical of that strategy.
The corrections department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A hearing is scheduled for May 5.
Republican US Sen. Blunt speaks to Mo. House
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says there are no federal solutions to many problems confronting governments.
The Republican lawmaker spoke Tuesday to a session of the Missouri House in Jefferson City.
Blunt urged the legislators to resist when they're told the federal government is best suited to address a problem unless they have been persuaded the issue is too big for state government alone.
Likewise, Blunt says legislators often should push back when told state government is better suited than local officials to tackle an issue.
Mo. Senate panel adopts tuition restriction
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri Senate committee has adopted a state budget provision to prohibit public colleges and universities from offering in-state tuition rates to students living in the country illegally.
But the Senate Appropriations Committee softened the outright ban and instead opted to prevent institutions from "knowingly" offering discounted tuition. The decision came Tuesday as the committee resolved the final sticking points in its budget proposal for the next fiscal year.
Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, says universities can't always investigate whether students are lawful residents. The House included an overall ban in its budget proposal after a St. Louis Community College decided to offer cheaper tuition rates for those students.
The Senate language would bar colleges from recruiting students from other countries to attend Missouri schools at in-state rates.
Missouri House panel endorses bonding plan
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House panel has endorsed a bonding proposal that calls for spending at least $200 million on a new state mental health facility in Fulton.
The measure would authorize a total of $400 million of bonds subject to voter approval later this year. The House Budget Committee advanced its measure Tuesday.
Senators earlier approved a $600 million bonding plan for the Fulton State Hospital, higher education institutions and other state facilities. The Senate version would not require voter approval.
Projects in the Senate bonding measure would be for repair or renovation of existing facilities - except for the Fulton campus. The House version doesn't have that restriction.
Rape charges added in Missouri girl's death
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri youth football coach accused of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl is now facing rape and sodomy charges.
Greene County prosecutors added the new charges against 46-year-old Craig Michael Wood of Springfield on Monday. Court documents indicate the additional charges in the February death of Hailey Owens stem from newly available autopsy results.
Hailey was abducted while walking home from her best friend's house, just two blocks from her own home. Neighbors reported watching in horror and unsuccessfully giving chase as Hailey was pulled into a pickup truck that sped away.
She was found dead hours later in the basement of Wood's home.
Wood is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday. His public defender says he plans to ask for a delay because of the new charges.
16-year-old shot to death in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police say a 16-year-old boy was shot to death early Tuesday on the city's north side.
The victim was identified as Noah Barnes. He was found lying face down in the middle of the street when officers arrived to the 1900 block of Clara Avenue shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday for a call of shots fired.
Barnes was shot in the head, torso, back, arms and leg and was pronounced dead at the scene.
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