St. Louis, MO – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the state Farm Bureau have sharply criticized a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release water from a dam on the South Dakota-Nebraska border.
The Corps releases the water from the Gavins Point Dam, if conditions are right, in March and May to mimic natural rises in river levels that cause two endangered fish species to spawn. The latest release, which started at noon Monday, is just the third since they were authorized in 2003.
St. Louis – Three-and-a-half years after the last execution in Missouri, the state is set to put a convicted murderer to death this week.
Dennis Skillicorn is scheduled to die by lethal injection early Wednesday morning for his part in the fatal shooting of Richard Drummond of Excelsior Springs in 1994.
Colleen Cunningham with Missourians to Abolish the Death Penalty said that in addition to questions about Skillicorn's role in the murder, his work while in prison has received praise from some corrections officials.
St. Louis – Authorities are investigating whether 102-year-old St. Louis philanthropist and builder I.E. Millstone jumped into the Missouri River.
Family members reported him missing Saturday. Sgt. Al Nothum with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said a witness reported seeing an elderly man jump from the Daniel Boone Bridge around the same time Millstone disappeared. Nothum said a caretaker's vehicle was found nearby.
Jefferson City, MO – The final day of the 2009 Missouri legislative session has arrived, and one of Governor Jay Nixon's top priorities is no closer to passage than it was three months ago.
The Missouri Senate announced a tentative agreement on the economic development bill around 12:40 in the morning. Also known as the jobs bill, it has been under attack and the target of filibusters since it was passed by the Missouri House in early February.