Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House gave initial approval today to a bill creating a new inspector general's position to check up on the transportation department.
The inspector general would be responsible for conducting investigations whenever the Legislature requests it. The inspector general also would be required to promote the efficiency and integrity of the transportation department and to prevent fraud and waste.
St. Louis, MO – After earlier insisting that he was guilty, Thomas Erbland, Jr. Tuesday entered a plea of innocent in the killing of his wife, KMOX radio personality Nan Wyatt.
Erbland is charged with first-degree murder in the February 18 shooting death of Wyatt at the couple's suburban St. Louis home.
At an arraignment in February, Erbland tried to plead guilty, but a St. Louis County judge twice cut him off in mid-sentence and automatically entered a plea of innocence on his behalf. He was later granted a public defender.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A panel studying Missouri's foster care system says the state should focus more on placing children with relatives to reduce the trauma of being taken from home.
The Commission on Children's Justice Monday issued tentative recommendations. Group members say there's research that shows children are safer and more likely to stay within the family if they are placed with relatives.
State law requires families be given preference in foster care cases, but only 24% percent of placements occur that way.
Forth Worth, TX – Union officials say 2,500 American Airlines pilots will lose their jobs in the next year.
American is the world's largest airline, and it's trying to avoid bankruptcy. The layoffs are part of $660 million in concessions by the pilots' union. The union reached a deal with the airline yesterday.
Pilot salaries will also be slashed. Starting next month, pilots will earn 23 percent less. And they'll lose an additional 17 percent each year for the next six years.