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Posted on January 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Missouri at 12:30 a.m.

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TOP STORIES:

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES-WRONG AIRPORT

DALLAS — The pilots of a Southwest Airlines flight that mistakenly landed at the wrong Missouri airport were grounded Monday, less than a day after they touched down at a small airfield that gave them only half as much room as normal to stop the jet. Southwest Flight 4013 was traveling Sunday evening from Chicago's Midway Airport to Branson Airport but instead landed at tiny Taney County Airport seven miles away. By Jim Salter And David Koenig. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

RIGHT TO WORK

JEFFERSON CITY — House Republican leaders wasted no time pursuing their agenda Monday, using the first legislative hearing of the year to introduce a labor measure that Democratic leaders denounced as an attempt at "union busting." The legislation that supporters describe as a "right to work" measure would prohibit labor contracts from requiring that all employees pay union fees, regardless of whether workers are union members. Under current law, unions are allowed to levy fees against workers who are not union members but who work under a collective bargaining agreement that allows such fees. By Jordan Shapiro. SENT: 560 words.

STATE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

BOEING-MISSOURI

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri was in the running to land a new Boeing airplane assembly plant right up until the final moments when the company decided to make the plane in Washington state, according to documents released Monday. The records confirm Missouri not only offered billions of dollars of tax incentives to the aerospace company, but also pledged to build special highway interchanges and shut down a public golf course to make way for a Boeing facility on land near the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 850 words, photo.

MISSOURI TAXES

JEFFERSON CITY — Democrats in the Missouri House are proposing to cut income taxes for many lower- to middle-income individuals and raise them for wealthier residents as an alternative to Republican tax cuts that are tailored more directly to businesses. The Democratic plan outlined Monday faces long odds in Missouri's Republican-led Legislature, which has made tax cuts a priority for the 2014 session. But it was an indication that the debate at the Capitol is now focused on how— not whether — to cut income taxes. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 520 words.

FAILING SCHOOLS

JEFFERSON CITY — A state-run entity would be in charge of recruiting community groups and educators to operate schools in failing school districts under a proposal presented Monday to the State Board of Education. The Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust, or CEE-Trust, was tapped to come up with a plan last year as a new state law took effect that gave the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education greater powers to intervene in troubled school systems. By Chris Blank And Heather Hollingsworth. SENT: 750 words.

EXECUTION DRUG-AUDIT

ST. LOUIS — The planned audit of a state agency that has come under scrutiny for its use of a new death penalty drug is not directly tied to Missouri's resumption of lethal injections, an official said Monday. State Auditor Tom Schweich announced the review of the Missouri Department of Corrections late last week in a two-paragraph news release. The agency oversees the state prison system. By Alan Scher Zagier. SENT: 460 words.

DEATH PENALTY-MISSOURI

JEFFERSON CITY — As Missouri prepares to execute its third inmate in the past few months, a group of death penalty opponents urged state lawmakers Monday to halt executions. Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty gathered at the state Capitol to mark 25 years since the state resumed executions. Reggie Griffin, who was recently cleared of a capital punishment case in Missouri, spoke in support of ending the death penalty. By Jordan Shapiro. SENT: 460 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

SOUTHWEST MISSOURI-MISSING INFANT

ANDERSON — A 6-month-old baby who was taken from his great-grandfather's home in southwest Missouri was found alive in Florida and his parents are in custody, authorities said. Anderson police said in a news release that the infant, Mitchell Farris, was "healthy and safe" when he was found Sunday in Miami with his parents, Preston Farris, 34, and Anastasia McDaniel, 30. McDaniel's grandfather, Gerald Steele, has legal custody of the child, although court documents don't explain why. SENT: 240 words.

UNDERCOVER FARM FILMING-UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah is pushing back against animal-welfare activists who contend a state law to prevent filming of agricultural operations is designed to silence them. The lawsuit is the first of its kind challenging measures popularly known as "ag-gag" laws. Utah is one of six states, including Kansas and Missouri, that have them. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 500 words.

IN BRIEF:

— HEALTH OVERHAUL-MISSOURI — More older than younger people in Missouri have been signing up for health insurance through a federally run website. SENT: 130 words.

— CLERGY ABUSE-ORDER — The Missouri Supreme Court is giving the Archdiocese of St. Louis additional time to release the names of more than 100 employees accused of child sexual abuse since 1986. SENT: 130 words.

— AMEREN-SOLAR ENERGY — Ameren Missouri plans to build a solar energy facility in O'Fallon, Mo. SENT: 70 words.

SPORTS:

FBN--NFL-COLLUSION CASE

ST. LOUIS — A court hearing Tuesday will address a claim by the NFL Players Association that the league colluded to set a secret salary cap in 2010. Representatives from the NFL and the NFLPA will have 20 minutes apiece in oral arguments before a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. By Sports Writer R.B. Fallstrom. SENT: 250 words.

Also:

— BBN--CARDINALS-SHANNON CONTRACT — The St. Louis Cardinals and longtime broadcaster Mike Shannon have finalized a multi-year contract extension. SENT: 50 words.

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