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Deal That Prevented Rail Strike Still Needs Worker Support
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Deal That Prevented Rail Strike Still Needs Worker Support

By JOSH FUNK, AP Business WriterOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A last-minute deal prevented a railroad strike for now, but many rail workers remain unhappy with working conditions, including some who protested outside their workplaces Wednesday ahead of votes to approve the new contracts.Handfuls of workers gathered outside railyards across the country in pickets organized by a newly formed workers group separate from the 12 unions that negotiated the deals last week with the major U.S. freight railroads. The protesters expressed dissatisfaction with the deals, just as the unions are trying to explain the potential benefits they negotiated to their roughly 115,000 members ahead of contract votes.Fears about the dire economic consequences of a rail strike that could cripple all kinds of businesses t...
States tap historic surpluses for tax cuts and rebates to offset inflation hit on residents
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States tap historic surpluses for tax cuts and rebates to offset inflation hit on residents

Stoked by the largest surplus in state history, Missouri's Republican-led Legislature devised a $500 million plan to send one-time tax refunds to millions of households. In a shock to some, GOP Governor Mike Parson vetoed it. Parson's objection: He wanted a bigger, longer-lasting tax cut. "Now is the time for the largest income tax cut in our state's history," Parson declared as he called lawmakers back for a September special session to consider a $700 million permanent tax reduction. Upon the plan's likely approval, Missouri will join at least 31 states that already have enacted some type of tax cut or rebate this year — an astounding outpouring of billions of tax dollars back to the people. Idaho lawmakers are convening Thursday to conside...
Home, sweet shipping container – CBS News
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Home, sweet shipping container – CBS News

Home, sweet shipping container - CBS News Watch CBS News In 2016 Zack and Brie Smithey built their dream home in St. Charles, Missouri: a 3BR, 2.5 bath, 3,000 sq. ft., two-story structure made out of eight shipping containers. Now, they're helping other people build container homes. Correspondent Luke Burbank talks with homeowners who refuse to be boxed into traditional notions of home construction. (Originally broadcast May 22, 2022.) Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On ...
Ex-St. Louis Alderman Pleads Guilty in Federal Bribery Case
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Ex-St. Louis Alderman Pleads Guilty in Federal Bribery Case

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The first of three former St. Louis aldermen accused in a federal bribery case has pleaded guilty to helping a small-business owner get financial breaks in exchange for cars, cash and campaign donations.Former Alderman John Collins-Muhammad on Tuesday admitted to the bribery, racketeering and wire fraud crimes, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday.He faces between three and four years in prison if U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Clark accepts his plea agreement. He will remain free on pretrial release until a Dec. 6 sentencing.A grand jury in May indicted Collins-Muhammad, as well as former Alderman Jeffery Boyd, and Lewis Reed, former president of the Board of Aldermen, for the scheme. All three resigned.Prosecutors accused Collins-Muhammad of accepting $7,000...
Editorial Roundup: Missouri
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Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Kansas City Star. August 15, 2022.Editorial: Missourians will vote on recreational marijuana soon. Will politicians overrule them?Last week, Missourians learned a constitutional amendment that would legalize the use of recreational marijuana for anyone over 21 will appear on a statewide ballot later this fall. Almost immediately, and on cue, opponents of the proposed referendum went on the offensive, including at least one GOP lawmaker.“All we’re doing is creating new criminal penalties for marijuana,” state Rep. Ron Hicks, a Republican from Defiance, told the NPR affiliate in St. Louis, adding that the amendment would lead to a monopoly in the marijuana industry.Political CartoonsBefore we make hasty judgments, let’s give the public a chance to dig a little deeper into the 38-page init...