Jeffrey Bruner's murder trial will still be held in Joplin. Jasper County Circuit Judge Gayle Crain has denied Bruner's request to have his trial moved because of pretrial publicity. Bruner is accused of killing Missouri Southern assistant football coach Derek Moore in a Joplin theater parking lot November 1st. Bruner's trial is scheduled to start next January.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is upset with a tax cut bill that passed out of the Legislature this week, calling it "reckless" and saying it'll hurt education. State Representative Charlie Davis of Webb City says that's odd, because this time lawmakers did what Nixon wanted them to do last year.
"He said last year he didn't like 253 because there was a tax on prescriptions, which we didn't realize was in there and we could have fixed that. Inadvertently it would tax books at colleges. He said if we could scale it back, he would sign it. So that's exactly what we did."
Nixon has been claiming the tax cut bill would hurt education. Davis disagrees. "This year, we put $278 million more into education. And we can't do any kind of tax cut if we don't see at least a $150 million increase in general revenue."
Nixon has about two weeks to either sign or veto the bill. If he vetoes it, lawmakers have already pledged to override him.