Jefferson City, MO – As Missouri's current budget year begins, there's word that next year's projected budget is already $600 million short.
The estimate comes from Governor Jay Nixon's Office of Administration. Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the biggest contributor to the shortfall will be the loss of about $860 million in federal funding
"The largest portion of it is reimbursement to the state for its Medicaid spending; the other is targeted specifically to education," Luebbering said.
St. Louis – Nestle Purina has donated $550,000 to help the non-profit Stray Rescue finish its new shelter.
Nestle Purina Pet Care North America president Terry Block presented the check to Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim on Monday, the same day that Stray Rescue's new facility on Pine St. began accepting the 90 animals still housed at the city's aging pound on Gasconade St.