Jefferson City, Mo. – The chairman of the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee is calling on Governor Jay Nixon to consider providing more money for the Career Ladder program this year when new revenue estimates come in.
Career Ladder provides extra income to teachers who take on extra duties, but the program is funded retroactively: Money for the current school year won't be provided until Fiscal Year 2010.
Viburnum, Mo – The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has placed a lead and zinc mine in Missouri on notice because of ongoing health and safety violations.
The Doe Run Company owns the Buick Mine. It's one of 10 on a list released yesterday by the MSHA. Mine inspectors say they've found potential patterns of violations that could lead to serious illness or injuries.
Doe Run has 90 days to come up with corrective plans, or face more rigorous inspections and stricter enforcement of safety laws.
Jefferson City, Mo – A group that wants to change the way Missouri selects its judges has unveiled another proposed ballot initiative.
The new proposal from Better Courts for Missouri would require partisan elections for all judges. An earlier version would allow governors to appoint whomever they choose to appellate and urban trial courts with the consent of the Senate.