National briefs: Missouri tax cut veto survives

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's Republican-dominated state Legislature failed Wednesday to override the Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a sweeping tax-cut bill, a showdown that had inflamed partisan passion and mobilized supporters and opponents in all corners of the state.

After a summer of escalating confrontation and more than an hour and a half of debate on the House floor, 94 members, all of them Republican, voted in favor of overriding the veto, falling well short of the 109 votes needed. There were 67 votes in opposition.

The bill would have slashed taxes for businesses and lowered the state's income tax rate for the first time in more than 90 years.

Woman is Army JAG

WASHINGTON -- Gen. Flora Darpino last week became the first woman to become the Army's judge advocate general and the face of its military justice system.

Her responsibilities run the gamut from advising the secretary of the Army and the Army's chief of staff on legal matters to overseeing the Army JAG Corps' staff of 10,000.

Most immediately, Gen. Darpino, 52, comes into the office when Congress and advocates for female soldiers are focused on the problem of sexual assault in the military.

Ex-screener tied to threats

LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles International Airport security screener was charged Wednesday with making threats hours after he quit his job that led to the closure of some terminals.

Nna Alpha Onuoha, 29, was charged with one count each of making a false threat and making threats affecting interstate commerce.

Mayoral race still undecided

NEW YORK -- New York's financiers have yet to throw their support behind Joseph Lhota, the Republican Party's New York mayoral candidate, even as his leading Democratic opponent pledges to seek higher taxes on the rich.

Mr. Lhota, who was a top aide to former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, won the primary Tuesday by beating supermarket billionaire John Catsimatidis and George McDonald, founder of the nonprofit Doe Fund. He will face either Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who won the most votes in the Democratic primary, or former city Comptroller William Thompson. Mr. de Blasio is hovering above the 40 percent mark, which would allow him to avoid a runoff with Mr. Thompson.

Election officials said that it will be at least Monday before all votes, including absentee ballots, are counted.

Minimum-wage hike push

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In a rare effort to move legislation more quickly, California Gov. Jerry Brown endorsed a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour by January 2016.

The governor and labor union leaders said the increase is needed, given that the last hike -- of 50 cents an hour to $8 -- took effect at the start of 2008. The bill, which must win final passage in the Legislature before a Friday recess, would raise the rate to $9 in July 2014 and $10 an hour 18 months later.

Gun registry ends

CHICAGO -- Gun owners in the nation's third-largest city will no longer have to register their firearms with the local authorities.

Chicago's City Council voted to make the change Wednesday, modifying the municipal code to comply with a new state law that will make Illinois the last in the nation to allow people to carry concealed weapons in public.



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