Boeing lawmakers take different approaches in Mo.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two Boeing employees who are Missouri lawmakers took different approaches when the House considered a package of incentives for their company to assemble a new passenger jet in the St. Louis area.
Rep. Doug Funderburk, who is a longtime Boeing electrician, passionately urged colleagues to approve the legislation Friday. He voted "yes" as the bill passed the House 127-20.
Funderburk told The Associated Press he didn't think it posed a conflict of interest because he plans to retire within a few years. He said Boeing officials had no conversations with him about the legislation.
Representative Clem Smith, who is a machinist on the Boeing F-18, abstained from voting. Smith told The AP the bill presented a conflict of interest, because it could mean more money in his pocket.
HOUSING TAX CREDITS
Mo. housing commission delays tax credits
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's low-income housing commission has delayed the approval of millions of dollars of tax credits - apparently as an outgrowth of the negotiations over incentives for Boeing Company.
The Missouri Housing Development Commission voted 6-1 Friday to postpone a decision on about $14 million in tax credits until next March.
Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, who is a member of the commission, said Governor Jay Nixon's chief of staff requested the delay.
Kinder said Nixon's staffer told the commission the governor had agreed with several senators to slow down the issuance of other tax credits in exchange for them not blocking legislation authorizing tax breaks for Boeing to assemble planes in St. Louis.
The housing tax-credit vote came shortly after the House gave final approval Friday to the Boeing incentives.
KNOCKOUT GAME-FALSE REPORT
Police: St. Louis knockout game report was false
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police say a reported "knockout game" attack in the city has proven to be false.
The Post-Dispatch reports that investigators plan to seek criminal charges of falsifying a police report against the woman who made the report and her boyfriend.
The woman's claim that she was attacked randomly outside a St. Louis bar last month drew national attention. Police now believe she was injured by the boyfriend and they made up the story to cover for her injuries.
The so-called "knockout game" involves random attacks on innocent people. Some cases have been reported in St. Louis, including a fatal attack of a Vietnamese immigrant in 2011.
EAST ST LOUIS DEATH
18-year-old found shot dead in East St. Louis
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Ambulance workers have found an 18-year-old man shot dead in East St. Louis, Illinois.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports Roman Brooks was found in snow and a pool of blood early Friday. East. St. Louis Assistant Police Chief Ronald Ike says the teen was found in front of a house.
Ike says police received a call before 5 a.m. from ambulance workers reporting that they found the teen.
Police say they have no suspects but are investigating with help from Illinois State Police.
It's the 20th homicide in East St. Louis this year.
EAST ST LOUIS-STABBING DEATH
Records: Slain East St. Louis mom feared for life
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - An East St. Louis, Illinois woman who prosecutors say was stabbed to death by her former boyfriend appeared to anticipate she was in danger the day he was freed again from jail.
Montrell Cooper was released November 25th on probation after pleading guilty to another felony battery charge involving 25-year-old Michelle Rowling. Later that day, Rowling posted on her Facebook page that friends should convey her love for her kids and mother "if anything happens to me tonight."
Rowling was killed five days later, and St. Clair County prosecutors have charged Cooper in her death.
Online court records don't show whether Cooper has an attorney.
Since early last year, Rowling twice got a protective order against him, saying she feared him and "I'm afraid of losing my life."
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 Jr., 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 wasn't 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.
Mo. church youth leader sentenced for sex charges
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southern Missouri church youth leader has been ordered to spend 10 years in federal prison for child sex charges.
U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson says 23-year-old Brent Turley of Ava was sentenced on Friday.
Turley was arrested in March 2012 at a park where he had arranged to meet with an undercover officer. The officer was using the phone of a child whose parents had contacted authorities.
Prosecutors said Turley sent sexually explicit text messages to a 14-year-old. He also admitted to law enforcement that he engaged in illicit sexual activity with a 15-year-old in a vehicle and with another 14-year-old victim during a movie.
FEDERAL AGENT-MORTGAGE FRAUD
Ex-federal agent pleads guilty to mortgage fraud
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A former federal agent has pleaded guilty in Missouri to lying to the FBI about an $800,000 mortgage fraud scheme.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 48-year-old Jeffrey Morriss of Kansas City, entered the plea Friday in federal court. Prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of three years' probation and nearly $13,000 in restitution.
Morriss was a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Prosecutors said he lied about his income, child support obligations and other issues on four home loan applications for three houses between August 2007 and March 2012. He obtained $812,000 in home loans but failed to make full payments on them, resulting in three defaults and foreclosures.
In his plea, Morriss admitted lying to FBI agents during an interview about the loan applications.
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