Jeffesron City, MO – The Missouri Senate's Budget Committee plans to make its first edits Tuesday to the revised state budget that passed the House last week.
On Monday, Senators got their first look at the plan; some questioned proposed job cuts as dangerous to the delivery of important services. Lawmakers are in their second week of a special session called by Governor Holden.
St. Louis, MO – Missouri Congressman Dick Gephardt is calling a lawsuit filed against him by a former opponent a desperate publicity stunt.
Republican Bill Federer filed the lawsuit today over an incident that occurred in 2000. Gephardt had sued Federer, saying the Republican accosted one of Gephardt's campaign workers who was vidoetaping a parade. Federer was found innocent of the charges and now wants Gephardt to pay him the money it cost to defend himself.
Cedar Hill, MO – Officials are investigating a second fire at a Jefferson County Elks Lodge in a year. The building in Cedar Hills caught fire Saturday night; it had just reopened following a fire last July.
No one was injured in this weekend's fire, which needed 75 firefighters from ten fire departments to put out.
State fire investigators, along with the Jefferson County authorities, were scheduled to be at the scene of the blaze in Cedar Hill Monday.
Jefferson City, MO – The attorney for an inmate who's about to go free says he's not happy about a move that could complicate his client's release.
Cole County Prosecutor Bill Tackett wants DNA tests that he says could determine whether he'll retry Joseph Amrine. The Missouri Supreme Court recently ordered Amrine free after overturning his conviction and death sentence.
The tests could take 90 days to collect, but Amrine is scheduled to be released in about a week.