BALLOT MEASURE-VETERANS TICKET
Lottery ticket would aid Missouri veterans
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Proceeds from sales of Missouri Lottery tickets have gone exclusively toward education since 1992. A ballot measure next month would allow veterans to share in some of the take.
The proposal on the Aug. 5 ballot calls for establishment of a veterans lottery scratch-off ticket. Net proceeds would go toward improving veterans homes and cemeteries in Missouri.
Three states that neighbor Missouri - Kansas, Iowa and Illinois - are already allocating some of their lottery revenue for veterans. Texas and West Virginia are as well.
Rep. Sheila Solon, a Blue Springs Republican, sponsored the measure. She says it could help fund a new veterans home. Opponents say lottery revenue is unpredictable and funding for veterans should come from general revenues.
Nixon urges school chiefs to oppose tax breaks
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon is urging Missouri school administrators to lobby legislators to uphold his vetoes of various tax breaks.
Nixon spoke Tuesday at a conference of school administrators hosted in Columbia by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
He called the 2014 legislative session "the worst six months for public education in recent memory."
The Democratic governor criticized numerous funding and policy decisions by the Republican-led Legislature, especially the passage of several bills granting tax breaks to certain industries such as computer data centers, restaurants and electric companies. Nixon vetoed the bills in June.
The Legislature is to meet Sept. 10 to consider overriding those vetoes.
Nixon contends the tax breaks could harm funding for education and local services. Republican legislative leaders have questioned Nixon's projected revenue losses.
Obama going to dinner as clock ticks toward recess
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to chew over the concerns of heartland Americans by taking four Kansas City residents out to dinner.
Obama's visit to Kansas City, Missouri, is the latest in a series of trips he's taken to meet Americans who have written him about their struggles and concerns. Obama has been using their stories to criticize congressional Republicans in this midterm election campaign for failing to act on his legislative agenda.
Unlike other travel across the country in recent weeks, Obama doesn't plan any political fundraisers while overnighting in Kansas City for the dinner and a speech on the economy Wednesday
Sandbars ground barges in upper Mississippi River
WABASHA, Minn. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working on dredging parts of the Mississippi River in Minnesota to allow dozens of barges to pass by unprecedented levels of sand resulting from recent flooding.
The sandbars have halted barge traffic on the river from Winona to Red Wing, leaving more than a dozen towboats and nearly 200 scheduled barges unable to pass because heavy flooding in June washed soil into the river.
The Corps' channel maintenance coordinator Dan Cottrell says they work on dredging every year, but have never seen it this bad. Cottrell tells the Post-Bulletin parts of the river have been impassable since July 19.
Cottrell says it affects the bottom line for the barge companies. A single towboat pushing 15 barges can carry the same load as 870 semis.
Feds end effort to reclaim mummy mask for Egypt
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 3,200-year-old mummy mask at the center of a yearslong custody battle will stay at the St. Louis Art Museum now that the U.S. government is giving up its effort to reclaim it for Egypt.
U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said Tuesday that the Department of Justice will take no further legal action to reclaim the funeral mask of Lady Ka-Nefer-Nefer, a noblewoman who died in 1186 B.C.
The mask, excavated from a Saqqara pyramid in 1952, went missing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo more than 40 years ago. The St. Louis Art Museum said it researched the mask's provenance and bought it from a legitimate New York art dealer in 1998.
A federal judge ruled the U.S. government provided no evidence of theft in 2012. An appellate court agreed.
Tribes support changing feds' recognition process
MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) - American Indians attending a hearing on Cape Cod in Massachusetts say they support the federal government's plan to make it easier for tribes to gain federal recognition.
But the tribal representatives from New Jersey, Virginia, Missouri, New England and elsewhere urged the U.S. Department of the Interior to go further.
They called for a time limit on the review process, which can take decades.
They also strongly objected to a proposal effectively giving veto power to local authorities when a tribe seeks to re-apply for recognition.
Non-American Indians in attendance, meanwhile, suggested the proposed changes would devalue tribal recognition.
The Tuesday hearing at the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's community center was the last in a series of meetings on the proposal and the only one held on the East Coast.
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