Sue Shear Institute en Mo. lawmakers reach deal on state budget <p>With a Friday deadline looming, Missouri lawmakers finally reached a compromise on putting the final touches on the state budget.</p><p>The agreement addresses veterans&rsquo; homes, university funding and other sticking points:&nbsp;&nbsp;First, budget negotiators agreed to spread an additional $3 million among several universities, including <a href="">Southeast Missouri State</a>, and dropped a proposal to give $2 million to that school alone.&nbsp; Also, lawmakers will have to craft a&nbsp;Higher Education funding formula&nbsp;by the end of next year, which would be&nbsp;implemented&nbsp;in July&nbsp;2014. Wed, 09 May 2012 18:41:53 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3663 at Mo. lawmakers reach deal on state budget Morning Headlines - Tuesday, May 8, 2012 <p><strong>Mo. House, Senate push for elimination of Sue Shear Institute</strong></p><p>The Missouri House has approved legislation that would strip state funding from an institute that trains women for careers in politics.</p><p>The <a href="">Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life</a> is located at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and bills itself non-partisan. Its detractors, however, argue the Institute caters to Democrats - a characterization that Springfield Democrat Sara Lampe strongly disputes.</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 13:21:41 +0000 Marshall Griffin, The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 3649 at Morning Headlines - Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Crowell shuts down Missouri Senate <p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">The&nbsp;<a href="">Missouri Senate</a> has been shut down by one Senator over which version of legislation for veterans&rsquo; homes will be adopted.</font></font></p><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><a href="">Jason Crowell </a>(R, Cape Girardeau)&nbsp;and several allies tied up the Senate for nearly 12 hours&nbsp;Monday&nbsp;night&nbsp;and are provoking a showdown with Senate leaders.&nbsp;&nbsp;In addition to&nbsp;using a filibuster to block&nbsp;the veterans&rsquo; homes bill, Crowell is using several motions to block&nbsp;all bills from being debated.</font></font></p><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">&ldquo;We have some issues that need to be resolved in the Senate before we move forward, and they&rsquo;re gonna be resolved one way or the other,&quot; Crowell&nbsp;said.&nbsp; &quot;I will continue to make this series of motions on anything else that we do.&rdquo; Tue, 08 May 2012 05:01:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3648 at Crowell shuts down Missouri Senate Impasse over Mo. budget with one week left to pass it <p><a href="">House</a> and<a href=""> Senate </a>budget negotiators remain at an impasse on what&rsquo;s become the main barrier to reaching an agreement:&nbsp; finding a way to fund veterans&rsquo; homes.</p><p>The House this week passed<a href=";BillID=13"> legislation that would fund veterans homes with gaming revenues </a>currently designated for early childhood programs, and replace it with money from a tobacco settlement.&nbsp; The Senate has so far refused to take up the measure.&nbsp; <a href=";district=038">House Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey </a>(R, Kansas City) accuses <a href="">Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer&nbsp;</a>(R, Dexter)&nbsp;of playing games. Fri, 04 May 2012 21:50:04 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3637 at Impasse over Mo. budget with one week left to pass it