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Missouri House approves June primary election date

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House members have narrowly approved legislation moving the state's primary elections to June.

Primaries for Congress, the state Legislature and statewide offices now take place in early August in even-numbered years. The bill would move them to the third full week in June.

The House approved the measure Thursday on a vote of 84-67, sending it to the Senate. Eighty-two votes are required to pass legislation out of the House.

Supporters said earlier primaries would give candidates more time to raise money and prepare for general elections. Republicans have had contentious primaries in past elections that left candidates for statewide offices short on cash and bruised.

Opponents argued that holding primaries in June could lead to more campaigning during the legislative session, which ends in mid-May.


Missouri House passes cannabis extract legislation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has approved legislation that would allow use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy is not relieved by other types of treatments.

The bill would allow use of "hemp extract" containing little of the substance that makes marijuana users feel high and greater amounts of a chemical called cannabidiol, or CBD. Patients would qualify if they have epilepsy that a neurologist has determined is not responding to at least three treatment options.

Thursday's 139-13 House vote sends the bill to the Senate. The legislation would take effect immediately after it is signed into law.

Other states have moved to allow used of CBD oil for treating epilepsy.


City license collector quits other government job

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The license collector for the city of St. Louis says she is no long working a second government job as a part-time prosecutor for a small municipality in St. Louis County.

Mavis Thompson tells the Post-Dispatch that she was resigned her as city prosecutor in Dellwood. Thompson was appointed to the St. Louis job by Governor Jay Nixon in October 2013 while already serving in the Dellwood position. She is up for election this coming November.

Thompson said she didn't do Dellwood work until her St. Louis daily duties were taken care of. The arrangement had drawn criticism from some City Hall observers.


SW Ill. police chief charged with misdemeanor battery

CASEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois police chief has been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and battery for his actions during a village board meeting.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports Caseyville Police Chief Jose Alvarez allegedly made threatening gestures and stalked about the room during a meeting of the Caseyville Village Board on February 19th. Illinois State Police also say Alvarez chest-bumped Caseyville Police Sergeant Frank Moore during the meeting.

Telephone calls Thursday to Alvarez for comment weren't immediately returned.

Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black fired Alvarez twice in February, saying he wanted to take a different direction with the police department. Despite his alleged outburst, the village board unanimously voted to reinstate Alvarez.

The 61-year-old Alvarez of Smithton was hired in September to replace J.D. Roth, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


Man found guilty in child's drunk-driving death

TROY, Mo. (AP) - A 33-year-old Troy man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the drunken-driving death of a 9-year-old boy.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Randolph S. James was found guilty Wednesday by a judge in Lincoln County Circuit Court after a two-day trial. He also was convicted of three counts of second-degree assault and four misdemeanor driving offenses in the November 2012 wreck.

Police say James was driving a 1997 Ford Ranger the night before Thanksgiving when he crossed the center line on Missouri Highway 47 and hit a 1997 Mercury Sable occupied by four Winfield residents. Nine-year-old David Simpson died.

James' blood alcohol content was 0.16 more than two hours after the crash. That's double the legal limit in Missouri.


Mo. couple sentenced for embezzlement, tax fraud

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A northwest Missouri husband and wife are going to prison for an embezzlement scheme and tax fraud that financed a lavish lifestyle.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 55-year-old Laura Dejong and 56-year-old Craig Dejong, of Liberty, were sentenced Thursday in federal court in Kansas City. Laura Dejong received 10 years without parole, and her husband two years and six months.

A judge also ordered them to repay nearly $2.7 million to Laura Dejong's former employer, Kansas City Screw Products, from which she embezzled funds. They must also repay $482,000 to the Internal Revenue Service, and $139,000 to two financial institutions.

Prosecutors said the couple gambled heavily, mostly on slot machines. They also spent money for vehicles, a house, sporting events and travel.

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