Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House gave initial approval Wednesday to a proposal that would require women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion. The waiting period would be waived in the cases of medical emergencies.
The plan also requires women to sign a statement saying they had not been coerced into having an abortion. That caused several female Democrats in the House to call the plan an insult, saying it suggested women are less capable of amking decisions.
Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will address lawmakers in his first State of the State address today.
He's expected to talk about preschool for all children, prescription drug costs, and club drugs like ecstasy. Lawmakers hope he also addresses how to fill a huge budget deficit which could reach $5 billion.
The speech starts at noon on Wednesday. It will air live here on 90.7, KWMU.
Former General Barry McCaffrey retired from active duty in 1996 as one of the most decorated generals in U.S. Army history. He led the 24th Infantry Division on an attack into Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War, and later served as President Clinton's Drug Czar.
While in St. Louis Tuesday, he told KWMU's Matt Sepic President Bush has made the case that Saddam Hussein presents a real threat to U.S. interests.