Gun rights in Missouri. Republican lawmakers will try again this year to pass a law that says federal agents cannot do anything in Missouri to take guns away or restrict gun rights and if they do they could be arrested. The law was vetoed last year by governor Nixon…but its going to come up again. Republicans hope to override his veto.
Also in the state house — the first bill being considered this new year is a right to work law. It would allow people to be hired for jobs without being forced to pay dues. The bill is a top priority for Republican House Speaker Tim Jones, of Eureka. He led a rally of about 100 activists in support of the bill before the legislative session opened last week. But Senate leaders haven’t been as optimistic that it will pass this year
St. Louis had more killings in 2013 than a year earlier, but overall crime in the city was down. Police Chief Sam Dotson says St. Louis recorded 120 murders in 2013, up seven from 113 in 2012. That’s still a far cry from the peak of 267 in 1993.
A report says Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital failed to provide a safe environment for a 78-year-old man beaten to death last year at the Columbia facility. It’s not clear what if any security changes will be made as a result.