When Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was looking for ways to shore up the state's budget deficit, he turned to a familiar source: Gambling.
Casinos have been a recent target for bringing in more dollars to the state treasury. But with the governor talking about raising taxes on riverboats for the second straight year, some say the state is going to the well too often.
Since he first gained national attention in 1965 with his blistering expose of U.S. automobile safety standards, Ralph Nader has been one of the nation's most outspoken crusaders of citizen-led reform.
Nader will be in St. Louis on Sunday to speak about the various causes he's pursued as a lawyer and consumer advocate.
Jefferson City, MO – A state audit says the governor's office is not bearing the full cost of its operations, but instead is having state agencies pick up part of the tab.
State Auditor Claire McCaskill says other agencies are paying part of the salaries for people who work in the governor's office. She says other agencies also have been billed for some plane trips that included Governor Holden.
Holden's office says it is trying to operate efficiently. And the practice of billing agencies has existed for quite some time.
Marthasville, Mo. – The small Warren County town of Marthasville is looking for a mayor. No one ran for the position in last week's election; the person who go the most write-in votes says he's not sure he wants the job.
The current mayor Clifford Byrd says he didn't run for post again because the Board of Aldermen refused to raise the $800 annual pay.
Voters on Tuesday elected former Mayor David Lange. But Lange doesn't know yet if he'll accept the part-time post. He says last time he was mayor it was hard to get things done.