The Japanese beetle has been striking Missouri and Illinois with full force, eating its way through rose bushes and tomato plants and threatening major crops like corn and soybeans.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the beetle has been an urban problem for years. But now, farmers in both Missouri and Illinois say the bugs are moving into corn and soybean fields - crops vital to both states.
Ill. Sen. Dick Durbin has announced that he opposes a short-term extension of the debt ceiling; he wants to extend it until after the 2012 election. Pres. Obama and Congress face an Aug. 2 deadline to avoid a potential government default.
Durbin opposes short-term extension of debt-ceiling
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Ill. has announced that he wants to extend the debt ceiling until after the 2012 election. He says Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to raise the ceiling as budget cuts are made would do nothing to help the economy, and won’t keep credit agencies from downgrading the nation’s debt. Rather, he says it would lead to higher interest rates.
New conservative ad campaign targets Mo. Sen. McCaskill, among others