Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House spent most of the day debating the state budget for next year.
Ten of the 13 budget bills were approved today, including the bill for the state's K-12 school system. It does not fully fund the foundation formula for the state's public schools, although funding was restored for a program that supplements pay for teachers who take on extra duties.
St. Louis – Homeless St. Louisans who have been living in a railway tunnel are continuing to push the city to give them a new place to live.
The homeless have camped in the tunnel that runs under Tucker Blvd. for years, but the structure is dangerously unstable, and a major project to fill the tunnel in and rebuild the roadway over it will be underway in less than 30 days.
Macon, Mo. – President Obama used a stop in northeast Missouri Wednesday to restate his commitment to increasing the use of alternatives fuels.
Mr. Obama told a group of dignitaries and employees at the POET Biorefining Plant in Macon, Mo. that he wants the U.S. to triple its biofuels production in the next 12 years. The energy security plan, he said, will save 700,00 jobs by the end of 2012.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Democrats in the Missouri House have taken an unusual step to keep alive an ethics bill that would restore limits on campaign contributions.
A House committee recently voted to send the bill back to another committee in order to remove the provision to cap contributions. But today, three Republicans joined 56 Democrats on the House floor in authorizing a discharge petition, which removes the bill from the committee process and sends it directly to the floor for debate.
St. Louis Public Radio – Supporters of a ballot issue that could repeal the earnings taxes in St. Louis and Kansas City say they have submitted 210,000 signatures - more than double what the law requires - to put the measure on the November ballot.
St. Louis, MO – The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case involving St. Louis-based biotech company Monsanto.
The case originates from a 2006 lawsuit filed against Monsanto by a producer of organic alfalfa seeds. The plaintiffs claimed that Monsanto's genetically engineered alfalfa could spread its genes to neighboring organic fields through cross-pollination.