National Briefs: State coffers rise to record levels

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WASHINGTON -- State governments collected more than $846 billion in tax revenue in the last fiscal year, the highest amount ever reported, as a rebounding economy boosted coffers hit hard by the recession.

The Census Bureau reported this week that states collected $309 billion in individual income taxes last year, a 10 percent increase over the previous fiscal year. Income taxes make up more than a third of total state tax revenues. Corporate income tax collections rose to $45 billion, up almost 8 percent from the year before.

General sales taxes, which make up 30 percent of the revenue states collect, accounted for $254 billion in state tax revenue. That number was up almost 4 percent over the 2012 fiscal year.

Forty-eight states reported growth in tax revenue in the last year.

Student takes own life

WARRENSBURG, Mo. --A n 18-year-old senior who brought a shotgun to Warrensburg High School on Friday committed suicide off campus when cornered by police.

The events started at about 7:45 when school employees saw the armed teen in a green Ford Explorer in the parking lot of the high school in Warrensburg, Mo. Before police arrived, the teen drove away. No shots were fired outside the school.

The police officers eventually got the teen to pull the vehicle over behind a car wash near the University of Central Missouri.

While police officers waited for other officers to arrive, they heard a shotgun blast in the Explorer.

Kidnapping charges filed

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A North Carolina inmate described as a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang faces a federal kidnapping charge after authorities say he used a smuggled mobile phone to help orchestrate the abduction of a prosecutor's father.

An arrest warrant was issued Friday for Kelvin Melton, who is serving a life sentence for ordering the shooting of a man in 2011.

Melton is accused in the kidnapping April 5 of Frank Arthur Janssen of Wake Forest. Mr. Janssen was rescued Wednesday by the FBI at an Atlanta apartment. Mr. Janssen's daughter prosecuted Melton in 2012.

Five other people were arrested and charged in Mr. Janssen's kidnapping.

Roadway shootings linked

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City police have linked 12 recent highway and roadway shootings in the area to each other, Police Chief Darryl Forte announced Friday.

He would not reveal which cases or the kind of information that linked the cases. Police still don't have any suspect or vehicle information to release, he said, because victims and witnesses have provided inconsistent descriptions.

Also Friday, federal authorities added more cash to the reward fund, bringing the total to $10,000.

Shoe flung at Clinton

LAS VEGAS -- Hillary Rodham Clinton reacted to a heckler throwing a shoe and a nearly half-century-old political document at her by cracking a joke.

Shortly after the former first lady and secretary of state began a keynote speech Thursday night at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries convention, a woman walked down the aisle and threw the items. She then turned around and walked away as security officers took her into custody. Ms. Clinton, 66, a prospective presidential candidate, took the incident in stride as she ducked both objects and then fired back with a verbal volley:

"Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?"


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