St. Louis, MO – The chief of the St. Louis County police has announced his retirement.
Colonel Jerry Lee says he will serve until August 1st or until the board selects a new chief. The 38-year veteran has led the department since June 2004.
St. Louis County Police Association president Bob Frohne says the union will be sorry to see Lee go. Frohne says the chief was loyal to both the sworn officers and the department's civilian employees. He says he's glad the new chief will come from within the department.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has given first-round approval to the state budget for next year.
The amended spending plan restores funding for Meals on Wheels, which provides food to the elderly, but it does not include a proposal by Governor Jay Nixon to expand health care to tens of thousands of low-income parents and children.
During debate, Republican House Member Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph compared so-called big government health care to slavery.
St. Louis, MO – An anonymous source who contributed to an American Civil Liberties Union report on alleged civil rights abuses in two St. Louis City jails came forward on Thursday.
Darious Young worked for the Division of Corrections for seventeen years. He says he and five other corrections officers mentioned in the report wished to remain anonymous out of fear of reprisals from the city.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed into law a bill that creates two accounts designed to keep track of the state's federal stimulus money.
"This is an important step to help state officials, government agencies and all in Missouri make sure that they can ensure that our recovery funds are transparent, and are put to the best use possible to create jobs and to move our economy forward," Nixon said.