St. Louis – Amnesty International will release a report Tuesday detailing the findings of its investigation into the capital murder case of Reginald Clemons.
Clemons was one of four men convicted in the 1991 rape and murder of Julie and Robin Kerry. The sisters and their cousin were forced to jump from the Chain of Rocks bridge in north St. Louis. The cousin survived.
St. Louis, MO – The general public is bombarded with information about the latest scientific research or discovery - much of it confusing, contradictory, or just plain inaccurate. And outside of a classroom, there are few opportunities for ordinary people to talk directly with scientists about their work. But there is a movement to bring scientists out of the lab and into the community - for a dialogue, over dinner and drinks.
Springfield, IL – Democratic leaders in Springfield, Ill. say they should finish their work on the state's 2011 budget by the end of the month.
House Speaker Michael Madigan will call members back to the state Capitol sometime this month. Democrats are scrambling to get a deal together by the end of May; after that, the state Constitution requires a three-fifths majority.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri will mark the 20th anniversary of the Katy Trail State Park Saturday.
The park stretches along a 225-mile segment of the old MKT railroad line from St. Charles to Clinton.
The MKT rail line ceased operations in 1986. The Department of Natural Resources gradually acquired segments of the corridor and the rail line was converted to a limestone path for pedestrians and bicyclists.
St. Louis – The company that manages the Tour of Missouri has slightly relaxed a deadline for the state to release $1 million in funds for the 2010 race.
Medalist Sports had originally given Tour of Missouri, Inc. and the state Tourism Commission until Friday to secure the $1 million. Company officials said on a conference call on Friday they can wait until after the Tour of California, which runs May 16th through May 23rd, before deciding.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A revised bill that would require insurance companies to cover some of the cost of therapy for children with autism has passed the Missouri Senate.
It would require health insurance companies to cover up to $45,000 per year for kids with autism age 18 and younger. That's $10,000 less than the Senate's original bill, and those age 19 and 20 would not be eligible.
Both bills were sponsored by State Senator Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville).