Mo. lawmakers pass $1.7B incentive plan for Boeing
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to incentives for Boeing to assemble to a new passenger airplane in the St. Louis area.
The House voted 127-20-2 Friday for the legislation that authorizes as much as $1.7 billion of incentives over more than two decades for Boeing to produce the 777X jetliner. The legislation passed the Senate on Wednesday by a 23-8 vote.
Now it's up to Boeing to decide whether Missouri's offer is good enough.
Boeing sought proposals from more than a dozen locations after a machinists union in Washington state rejected a proposed contract last month.
Gov. Jay Nixon called a special session in order to increase the amount of incentives Missouri could offer. Missouri's proposed incentives are linked to the number of jobs created.
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.
MISSOURI AIRPORT-MAN DETAINED
Feds seek new mental exam in 9/11 KC airport hoax
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Pennsylvania man accused of trying to take fake bombs through security at Kansas City International Airport on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks still isn't competent to stand trial.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas City filed a motion Thursday seeking a new mental evaluation for 49-year-old Anthony Falco, whose last known address was East Petersburg, Pa. They say he has schizophrenia and isn't able to help in his defense against charges that he created a hoax and made false statements.
An earlier evaluation determined Falco was not a danger to himself or others, so he isn't eligible to be involuntarily committed in a mental institution. But since he's also not able to stand trial, prosecutors have said they might have to drop the charges.
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.
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 were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
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