Jefferson City, MO – Linda Martinez has been confirmed by the Missouri Senate to be the state's Economic Development Director, after a St. Charles County senator ended a filibuster that had blocked her confirmation.
Senator Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville) says he ended his filibuster after obtaining written documentation that Martinez was willing to enforce the state's illegal immigration laws.
But he added that he had to find the documentation on his own.
St. Louis – The St. Louis County Health Department is reporting an increase in flu cases. The Department recorded 85 cases for the week ending February 8. That was up from 66 the week before, and 15 in mid-January.
Department spokesman Craig LeFebvre says an increase usually occurs at least once during the yearly flu cycle. He says it's not too late to get a flu shot.
St. Louis, MO – Former Velda City, Mo., auxiliary reserve police officer Joe Phillips admitted today to violating the federal civil rights of the woman he sexually assaulted while on duty. Phillips, 38, also pleaded guilty to hiding evidence of his crime from federal investigators, announced Loretta King, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division.
Granite City, IL – With chants of "What do we want? American jobs!" five thousand union employees and their supporters marched through Granite City Tuesday morning, demanding a "Buy American" provision in any stimulus package that passes Congress.
Steel plants in the Metro East community have laid off thousands of workers since November, when demand for the product plummeted.
St. Louis, MO – A former consultant for Anheuser-Busch has been convicted of transporting nearly $400,000 of stolen computer hardware belonging to his employer over state lines. Jack Walter Barrett, Jr. reportedly took the expensive hardware shortly after he began working for Anheuser-Busch in 2006.
He was sentenced to 18 months in prison for auctioning the goods off on eBay and transporting them around the country, United States Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway announced Tuesday.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has released a list of state construction and maintenance projects he wants to see completed over the next two years.
The $225-million list includes $18 million for upgrades to the Bellefountaine Rehabilitation Center in St. Louis, $46 million for various Department of Conservation projects, and $12 million for projects at state parks.
Nixon spokesman Jack Cardetti says this year's capital improvement budget is not as large as in past years.