St. Louis – The Missouri Department of Social Services has restored full funding to the state's 12 crisis nurseries.
The facilities provide emergency shelter for young children whose families are under severe strain and may be at risk of abusing or neglecting the children. Earlier this week, DSS had informed the nurseries, which are funded through a combination of private donations and state funds, that they would not receive state dollars until July.
St. Louis – Prosecutors in St. Clair County have withdrawn a plea bargain offered to an Illinois state trooper accused of homicide in a freeway wreck that killed two sisters.
State's attorney Robert Haida said Tuesday he believes it's in the best interests of the victim's parents that he prosecute trooper Matt Mitchell for reckless homicide. He says complications with a civil case halted the deal, but would not elaborate.
St. Louis – Governor Jay Nixon has named a former circuit judge and a chiropractor to the board that oversees the St. Louis police department.
The appointments of Michael B. Calvin and Michael Gerdine to the Board of Police Commissioners need Senate approval. Calvin served on the bench of the St. Louis circuit court for 29 years, and heard cases at the state Supreme Court three times. He has also served as a truancy court judge at Beaumont High School.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder has announced his intent to join attorneys general in several other states in their suit challenging the federal health care law signed today by President Obama.
The lawsuit contends that the federal government cannot require people to have health insurance.
Kinder told reporters that as a constitutional officer of the state he has the authority to join in the suit.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A Missouri Senate committee has moved quickly to bar insurance companies from providing coverage for abortions, following Sunday's health care overhaul passed by Congress.
The national health care bill creates new insurance purchasing pools, called exchanges, that include abortion coverage, but it also allows states to exclude such coverage from those pools. And the Missouri Senate's Insurance Committee has approved legislation doing just that.
Springfield, Ill. – Out of more than 240 applicants seeking the Illinois Democratic Party's nomination for Lieutenant Governor, the State Central Committee has narrowed that list to 17. Most who made the cut have at least some history in politics.
Dozens of people appeared before Democratic leaders in meetings across the state in what was akin to a political version of American Idol.