St. Louis – St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom says fewer murders are being solved in the city. Isom told the board of police commissioners on Wednesday that the decreasing rate of arrests mirrors the national trend. He said St. Louis is about 10 percent below the national average. "In '07 the FBI statistics said that the clearance rate nationwide was 59 percent," Isom said. "Our clearance rate for '07 was 50 percent."
Jefferson City, MO – Health care advocates are calling on the General Assembly to increase Medicaid eligibility for poor Missourians.
A coalition of several health care groups from St. Louis and across the state told reporters on Thursday that they want lawmakers to raise the Medicaid eligibility limit to 100 percent of the federal poverty level.
Kirsten Dunham is Associate Policy Director for the St. Louis-based group Paraquad.
Jefferson City, MO – A bill filed today in the Missouri Senate would allow electric utilities to pass on the costs of building new nuclear, wind and solar power plants to customers while the plants are under construction.
AmerenUE is considering building a second nuclear reactor at its power plant near Fulton, about 20 miles northeast of Jefferson City.
Current law bars utilities from charging customers for construction costs until a new plant is online.
St. Louis, MO – A panel of St. Louis's Board of Aldermen has once again approved legislation that authorizes local subsidies for the construction of Ballpark Village.
The development agreement is essentially the same as the proposal the aldermen approved in 2007. It gives the city the authority to sell $100 million of bonds to fund those subsidies - the Cordish Company will finance the other $200 million.
Jefferson City, MO – A resolution to block pay raises for elected officials and most judges in Missouri passed a State House committee.
Supporters of the resolution, including House Speaker Pro-tem Bryan Pratt (R, Blue Springs), say it's not the right time for politicians and judges to get a bump in salary, and since "jobless claims are at an all-time high [and] we're in the middle of a world-wide recession," Pratt said "now is not the time for an elected official to get a pay raise."
Jefferson City, MO – The Republican leader of the Missouri Senate wants to give Democrats more say in which bills get heard.
Senate President Pro-tem Charlie Shields (R, St. Joseph) is proposing the creation of a committee that would be chaired by Democrats. It would handle minority party-sponsored bills that usually languish and die in GOP-led committees.
St. Louis, MO – The woman shot in the foot on the Pfizer campus in Chesterfield has been charged with filing a false police report.
45-year-old Lori Jefferis of Saint Charles claimed that she was shot in the foot on January 8th when she struggled to get away from an unknown male. She was working for a company doing construction at the complex. Police locked down the campus and nearby schools during the search for the assailant.