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.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Ethics Commission has recommended that a prosecutor investigate former House Speaker Jim Kreider. The matter involves questions over whether Kreider improperly controlled a campaign committee.
Specifically, at issue is a Republican complaint about a flier mailed to voters last August attacking a GOP candidate Kreider was expected to face in a state Senate race. The Democrat from Nixa later lost to Republican Dan Clemens of Marshfield in the November election.
St. Louis, MO – The Saint Louis Symphony has now raised $30 million towards a $40 million goal to meet a challenge grant.
The drive is a response to the Taylor family, which has pledged 40 million dollars if the Symphony could raise that same amount by Dec. 31, 2004.
"Raising $30 million is a big step toward our goal," the symphony's director of Development, Faith Maddy, said in a statement. "But raising the remaining $10 million will be the toughest challenge yet.
Chicago, ILL. – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he's still a firm supporter of the death penalty, but he doesn't plan to lift a moratorium on executions "anytime soon."
The governor told the Chicago Tribune that executions in Illinois will remain halted until he is certain no mistakes will be made. He adds the expected passage of death penalty reforms currently in the state legislature will not be enough to lift the ban.
Blagojevich says the current proposals "make a lot of sense," but don't go far enough.