Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Gaming Commission hosted an informal meeting Tuesday for several groups vying for the license currently used to operate the President Casino, which is scheduled to close by July.
Of the 15 entities that have expressed interest, four want to use the casino license in Cape Girardeau. David Knight, co-partner of Dream Big LLC, says Cape Girardeau is the last major metro area on the state's two main rivers without a casino.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is planning to cut about $350 million from next year's state budget, which was approved during the legislative session that ended last week.
The cuts are being made, in part, because of bills that failed to pass that would have eliminated two state holidays, reduced size of the Department of Revenue's Alcohol and Tobacco division, and others.
Budget Director Linda Luebbering says lawmakers also made financial assumptions that cannot be counted on.
St. Louis – Missouri Republican Roy Blunt says he shares his party's optimism about the 2010 elections.
Blunt was the guest Tuesday at the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association's public policy lunch. His likely challenger, Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan will be the guest next month.
St. Louis – The state Board of Education will move on Thursday to take over another St. Louis-area school district.
Riverview Gardens, in North County, lost its accreditation in June 2007, mostly for poor academic performance. Under state law, the district had two school years to regain its accreditation. But students are still not meeting state academic standards, though the district has sporadically met attendance and high school graduation requirements.
St. Louis, MO – Pharmaceutical company Pfizer is providing $22.5 million to Washington University over the next five years, to find new uses for existing and discontinued Pfizer drugs.
The chief scientific officer of Pfizer's Indications Discovery Unit, Don Frail, says the collaboration will give scientists at Washington University's School of Medicine unprecedented access to confidential information about more than 500 pharmaceutical compounds.
St. Louis – Moderate flooding remains a risk along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers until at least next week, officials at the National Weather Service office in St. Louis say.
The Mississippi River at St. Louis is expected to crest about 5 feet above flood stage on Wednesday or Thursday. It's already dropping in Hannibal and Quincy after moderate flooding there over the weekend. At St. Charles, the Missouri River will peak at about 7 feet above flood stage.