Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Democratic Congressman Ike Skelton is taking some heat for voting against his own party's health care reform bill that passed late Saturday.
About a dozen protesters showed up outside Skelton's Jefferson City office today. Some of them arrived in a Cadillac, to symbolize what they call the "Cadillac of insurance plans" Skelton and other members of Congress have.
Robin Acree heads the group Grass Roots Organizing, or GRO.
Springfield, Ill. – The first wave of Illinois prisoners eligible for early release will be let out Tuesday as part of a cost-cutting move. But officials say only non-violent inmates who have less than a year left on their sentences will be released.
The Illinois Department of Corrections is starting slowly. In this first round, the state will release 62 of the 1,000 prisoners it eventually plans to let out early.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon paid tribute today to the victims of Thursday's mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all the men and women who serve at Ft. Hood...for the families grieving the loss of a loved one, and for the injured soldiers who now face the long road to recovery," Nixon said.
Nixon made those comments during a ceremony at the State Capitol for about 60 Missouri National Guard members returning home from Afghanistan.
St. Louis – Interstate 64 in St. Louis will reopen nearly a month early and $11 million under budget.
Missouri Department of Transportation Director Pete Rahn said Friday that the freeway will open to traffic between Interstate 170 and Kingshighway on Monday Dec. 7. The contractor, Gateway Constructors, had faced a Dec. 31 deadline, and the project was expected to cost $535 million.
St. Louis – A county commissioner from eastern Missouri is facing drug charges.
Lincoln County Commissioner Matthew Bass has been charged with two felony counts of drug possession. The sheriff's department said Friday that Bass bought the prescription painkillers morphine and fentanyl from an informant on Wednesday in the parking lot of a Troy business, and was arrested immediately.
Bass was released from jail on Friday after posting $20,000 cash-only bail.