Columbia, MO – Officials with the University of Missouri System and Northwest Missouri State University have decided to wait until next year's legislative session to get approval for a merger.
UM System President Elson Floyd and Northwest President Dean Hubbard say there's not enough time for the General Assembly to consider the merger in the current legislative session, which ends next month.
Springfield, ILL. – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he's considering taking over Illinois' nine casinos and hiring a management company in an unprecedented move to operate the riverboats for the state's profit.
The governor says he is also considering auctioning off the nine licenses currently in use to raise money to fill the state's $5 billion budget deficit.
The casino industry immediately called the proposals "preposterous."
St. Louis, MO – Washington University is one of 14 sites that have applied to host a presidential debate in 2004.
The campus has hosted two other debates, in 1992 and 2000.
The 2000 debate took place just one day after the late Governor Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash. The 1992 debate made history: It was the first televised presidential debate that featured three candidates (George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot).
Washington University was also scheduled to host a debate in 1996, but that event was canceled.
St. Louis city residents got four new school board members this week. The slate of candidates had the support of the mayor and easily beat 14 other candidates in this month's election. They were sworn in Tuesday.
But they're not the first slate to be elected to the school board. The last time it happened was in 1991. KWMU's Tom Weber compares the two slates, and explains why the standards are higher this year.
Jefferson City, MO – State funding for education and social services would be sliced under a budget passed today by the Missouri Senate.
The Senate vote sends the budget back to the House, which could accept it or ask for a conference committee to negotiate differences.
Democratic Governor Bob Holden has said he would veto the Republican-backed budget because it contains too many cuts. He wants to give voters a chance to raise taxes in order to avoid most of the cuts.