Springfield, Ill. – The Senate impeachment trial of Governor Rod Blagojevich resumes Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the senators weighing Blagojevich's political fate listened to the governor's own voice captured on a secret recording, and they heard an FBI agent testify that government wiretaps caught statements pointing to one corrupt scheme after another.
Next they'll hear accusations that Blagojevich unconstitutionally defied the Legislature, evaded state hiring laws and wasted tax dollars.
St. Louis, MO – Streets departments across the St. Louis region say they're mostly caught up after a two-day snowstorm dumped six inches of snow on area roads.
Crews from St. Louis city, county and the Missouri Department of Transportation are still working 12-hour shifts to finish the last of the plowing. But most main routes are just wet, and the secondary streets are getting cleared.
MoDOT spokeswoman Kara Price says motorists still need to drive carefully.
Springfield, IL – Governor Rod Blagojevich has decided to address the Illinois State Senate on Thursday, what could be the final day of his impeachment trial. Senate president John Cullterton, a Chicago Democrat, made the announcement before the trial's prosecutor called his last witness.
"I've been informed that the governor would like to come here tomorrow and ask leave of us to file an appearance," Cullerton said.
Jefferson City, MO – The MOHELA college construction program, one of former Governor Matt Blunt's top priorities, has been frozen by Jay Nixon, Missouri's new Governor.
Nixon has suspended work indefinitely on a $31 million cancer center at the University of Missouri - Columbia and on various other projects. They're funded by profits from the state's student loan authority, but the economic downturn has resulted in delays in payments.
St. Louis, MO – A report issued on Wednesday has found that development funded through tax increment financing, or special taxing districts, may be a net loss for the St. Louis region.
An interim report by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments found that some $2.5 billion in development occurring in those special taxing districts from 1990 to 2007 did not create corresponding growth in tax revenue.
St. Louis – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said she wants the military to overhaul drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs throughout the armed forces.
The Missouri Democrat said the programs are plagued by understaffing, mismanagement and a lack of anonymity. She said a whistleblower at Fort Leonard Wood brought the problems to her attention last year.