Jefferson City, Mo. – State and federal officials are preparing for the 2010 U.S. Census, which begins in March.
One of their main concerns is that some residents are afraid or apathetic when it comes to filling out census forms. Officials are taking steps to reassure the public that there's no agenda apart from accurately counting the population of Missouri and the rest of the nation.
Dennis Johnson is Regional Director for the U.S. Census office in Kansas City, Kansas.
St. Louis – Vaccine for the new H1N1 swine flu virus is gradually becoming available in Missouri, but the state health department now says clinics will not receive the surge in supplies that they had expected to arrive in early November.
Spokesman Kit Wagar said the health department was not given a reason for the delay, but said the state has received about 84,000 as of late last week, and continues to get shipments.
Washington – For Democrats determined to pass a health care bill, U.S. Sen. Roland Burris can no longer be ignored.
The Illinois Democrat said he'll only vote for a bill to provide health care to millions more Americans as long as it allows the government to sell insurance in competition with private insurers, and he said he will not compromise.
That's caught the attention of the same Democratic leaders who tried to keep Burris out of the Senate after he was appointed by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Jefferson City, Mo. – If early fundraising is an indication, Missouri could have competitive races for nearly half its U.S. House seats next year.
Recent campaign finance reports show several races to watch. One is the 3rd District in St. Louis, where Republican challenger Ed Martin raised more money than Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan from July through September.
In the 7th District in southwest Missouri, at least four candidates are raising money in a Republican primary to try to succeed Rep. Roy Blunt.