St. Louis – A Missouri state senator who has been a part-time lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis has canceled plans to teach a class this fall.
Democratic Sen. Jeff Smith of St. Louis was to teach a course about St. Louis politics, culture and society. But the university said Wednesday that Smith asked last week to be relieved of those duties.
Smith is facing a federal inquiry related to his unsuccessful 2004 congressional campaign. He has declined to comment to The Associated Press.
St. Louis – Supporters of legislation that would require insurance companies to cover treatment for autism spectrum disorders have launched a grassroots push to get the bill through the Missouri General Assembly next year.
Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has already said passing autism insurance legislation will be a priority of his. A bill cleared the Republican-controlled Senate easily lat year, but never got a vote in the state House, which is also under GOP control.