Jefferson City, MO – Missouri is considering taking some of Arizona's prisoners as part of a plan to relieve that state's prison crowding.
An aide to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano last week suggested Missouri as one of the states being considered for a potential prisoner transfer. But a spokesman for Missouri's Corrections Department says there are no immediate plans to take those prisoners.
Arizona has 30,700 prisoners, about 4,000 more than the prison system's capacity.
Washington, DC – Missouri will get $29 million to help pay some homeland security costs.
The money is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. It will help offset the cost of higher security during the war in Iraq, and to help prepare first responders like firefighters, police, and paramedics.
Jefferson City, MO – A Missouri House committee endorsed a budget plan today that would eliminate about 540 state employees. Their salaries would be used to fund the health and social programs they help oversee.
Republican legislative leaders say the plan would cut bureaucracy in response to Democratic Governor Holden's call to restore cuts to vital government services.
St. Louis, Mo. – The Eighth US Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis has ruled that a ban on the sale or rental of violent or sexually explicit video games to minors is unconstitutional.
The county enacted the ban last year but never enforced it because of legal challenges from the video game industry.
The county maintained it had a compelling interest to protect minors from such material and to give parents the power to regulate what their children watched. Patricia Redington is the St. Louis County Counselor.