St. Louis, MO – A former Roman Catholic priest and grade school counselor has been convicted in St. Louis after being caught with child pornography.
James Beine faces up to five years in prison. He was dismissed from the priesthood in 1977 over allegations of sexual abuse. He later got a job as a school counselor
Last year, Beine resigned that job after he was charged with exposing himself to three boys in a restroom in the school where he worked. That case is separate and will be heard in a St. Louis Circuit Court.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House Tuesday night gave initial approval to a non-traditional budget. The plan sends lump sums to each department for the next fiscal year; but elected lawmakers don't determine which programs get cut under the plan. That decision is left up to department directors.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A St. Louis area lawmaker wants voters to decide whether to raise income taxes. State Senator Maida Coleman's proposal would raise $2 billion dollars to help pay for better schools and instruction.
The plan would sell $500 million in bonds every three years over a 12-year span. The proposed income tax would more than pay off the bonds, with the balance going toward school programs.
Chicago, IL – A federal court jury has found a top aide to former Governor George Ryan guilty on all counts of corruption charges stemming from the eight years Ryan was Illinois secretary of state.
Forty-five-year-old Scott Fawell is the top official to be convicted thus far in a five-year federal investigation. He was chief of staff to Ryan in the secretary of state's office and his campaign manager in 1998.
The jury also found Ryan's campaign committee guilty on all counts.