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.
St. Louis, MO – First-time voters and foreign students were part of the varied crowd gathered at the University of Missouri - St. Louis' student center today to watch the historic inauguration of Barack Obama. The 150 students, faculty, staff and guests applauded wildly every time President Obama appeared on TV, and stood as he took the oath of office.
Jefferson City, MO – Barack Obama's inauguration as America's first African-American president is hitting high notes with the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus.
State Representative Martin Rucker (D, St. Joseph), chair of the caucus, says Obama's ascension to the U.S. presidency indicates that the country is becoming what it's supposed to be: "If he's successful, as I know he should be, it will break a barrier that says that you can't put him in that position because of the color of his skin," Rucker said.