Jefferson City, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon says he will ignore lawmakers' instructions to shield some of Missouri's public school districts from a two-percent midyear funding cut. Instead, Nixon plans to spread the 43 million dollar shortfall across all 524 districts.
Lawmakers tried to exempt about 150 districts from the reduction, but Nixon says that would have been unconstitutional.
Yesterday he directed education officials to follow their initial plan of dividing the shortfall among all the districts.
St. Louis – St. Louis Rams minority owner Stan Kroenke has decided to exercise his right of first refusal and try to buy the remaining 60 percent share of the football team.
Kroenke went public with his plans Monday. His move comes despite the fact that Illinois businessman Shahid Khan reached a purchase agreement with majority owners Chip Rosenbloom and his sister, Lucia Rodriguez on Feb. 11.
St. Louis – The state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday on a suit challenging the constitutionality of the way Missouri funds its charter schools.
The lawsuit filed by the Kansas City School District and two residents argues that the whole system of charter schools violates the state constitutional ban on unfunded mandates. The state directly pays the charters the state funding that would have otherwise gone to the local district.
Chicago – The federal judge overseeing former governor Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial may unseal a key legal document this week. Blagojevich attorneys have until today to say what they do - and don't - want made public.
At issue is a government filing that outlines the case prosecutors will make against Blagojevich and his alleged co-conspirators. And the filing does contain some new evidence.
But Judge James Zagel says potential jurors won't remember such details by June, when the trial's set to begin.