Jefferson City, MO – Republican lawmakers say they can balance this year's Missouri budget without cutting money for public schools or state colleges.
The Republicans outlined their plan to Democratic Governor Holden this afternoon. He has warned that $360 million in cuts could be necessary for education if lawmakers don't approve his balancing plan.
Holden wants the Legislature to authorize a bond sale against the state's tobacco settlement. He wants to use almost all of the bonds to cover this year's short-fall.
Jefferson City, MO – There's still no end in sight for Missouri's financial troubles.
The latest state revenue figures show the state fell another $23 million behind its budget in January. That raises the projected state budget shortfall to $314 million for the fiscal year that ends this June.
Two of the state's leading revenue sources -- sales and individual income taxes -- both declined last month, compared to the previous year.
Potosi, Mo. – Missouri is preparing to execute a man just after midnight tonight for a 1984 killing at a tavern in Poplar Bluff.
Kenneth Kenley was convicted in the 1984 shooting death of tavern patron Ronald Felts as part of a one-night crime spree. Authorities say Kenley tried to kill several other people that night. His lawyers are appealing to federal court, and Gov. Bob Holden is considering a clemency request.
St. Louis, Mo. – Two firefighters who were injured at a house fire yesterday are expected to go home from the hospital today.
They were battling a house fire in north St. Louis yesterday, when part of the roof collapsed onto a porch. That porch then collapsed onto four St. Louis firefighters. Two of them were treated and released yesterday.
The cause of the fire is unclear. The home occupants escaped unharmed.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A special commission on Missouri's child welfare system will meet for the first time today in Jefferson City to discuss possible reforms.
The meeting coincides with new information from the state Auditor's office that 70%percent of the almost 150 child abuse deaths in the past five years (103 of 147) involved children in households where state workers knew of prior abuse and neglect.
St. Louis, Mo. – The Missouri Botanical Garden is one of a handful of institutions trying to compile and create an internet database listing of every known plant species. KWMU's Kevin Lavery prepared this report, which aired on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday.