Springfield, Ill. – The federal government has yet to decide if it will buy a mostly vacant northwestern Illinois prison to hold terrorist suspects from Guantanamo Bay, but state corrections officials are already moving forward with the process to sell the Thomson Correctional Center.
They must go through the same procedure for closing any other state facility, and that began last week when corrections director Michael Randle sent in his official recommendation to close Thomson.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Newly released records show Gov. Jay Nixon's staff was planning to add tens of thousands of children to Missouri's health care rolls. But the plan was put on hold because of budget troubles.
Documents provided to The Associated Press show the Department of Social Services identified six ways to increase enrollment in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance program.
The proposal would have added nearly 42,000 people, mostly children.
St. Louis, MO – Former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Herzog managed the Cardinals from 1980 to 1990, and led the Redbirds to a World Series Championship in 1982 and two National League pennants.
Speaking at a press conference at Busch Stadium, Herzog said his time with the Cardinals was the high-point of his career, and he will be forever thankful to St. Louis fans and former Cardinals owner August "Gussie" Busch Jr.
St. Louis, MO – Interstate 64 will open again in St. Louis Monday morning after a $524 million reconstruction project that spanned close to two years.
Transportation officials and political leaders cut the ribbon Sunday on the second half of the project - a five-mile stretch of highway between I-170 and Kingshighway. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says the closure may have been painful but it also taught motorists some lessons.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon says the increase in state revenues last month was good news, but he also indicated that the state of Missouri is still on financially shaky ground.
"We're still underneath the consensus revenue estimate numbers that the budget was built on, so we'll watch (the) December numbers very carefully...but I think at this particular point to say that there may not have to be additional cuts, it's just too premature to say that."
Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon says he's still determined to boost the number of poor Missourians eligible for Medicaid.
The Democratic governor failed to persuade the GOP-led General Assembly earlier this year to expand Medicaid coverage to 35,000 low-income working parents. He says he'll try again when the 2010 session begins next month.