St. Louis – Missouri's former state treasurer says "the numbers work" on the jobs plan proposed by Republican Senate candidate Roy Blunt.
Sarah Steelman helped Blunt draft the plan as the chair of his campaign's small business coalition. Chief among its proposals are a repeal of the health care overhaul and an extension of the Bush tax credits. The plan also identifies $2 billion in cuts.
St. Louis – The city of St. Louis has given its blessing to a proposed casino at the Chain of Rocks Bridge in north St. Louis.
Komen Properties, which also owns and operates the Casino Queen, wants to put a 120,000 square-foot casino at the foot of the Chain of Rocks bridge. The $115 million plan got approval Tuesday from the city's redevelopment and port authorities.
Springfield, IL – The top education leader in Illinois is diappointed the state got shut out on federal money. But state schools Superintendent Christopher Koch says the reform agenda will proceed.
Illinois was a finalist twice for "Race to the Top" grants and hoped to get $400 million this time. But the U.S. Education Department named nine states and the District of Columbia as recipients in the final round of stimulus program funding.
St. Louis – The St. Louis office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation says one robber may be responsible for three of the city's latest bank robberies.
According to the FBI, just after 9:30 Tuesday morning, a man entered the Bank of America branch at Gravois and Kingshighway and handed the teller a note demanding cash. The note stated the robber had a gun, which was never displayed.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Auditor Susan Montee plans to review Missouri's Public Defender Commission.
Public defenders represent criminal defendants who face prison and cannot afford attorneys, and officials have long said the system is in crisis because of high caseloads. Public defenders represent criminal defendants who face prison and cannot afford attorneys, and officials have long said the system is in crisis because of high caseloads.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A Missouri judge has again denied a request to let a teenager accused of killing a 9-year-old neighbor continue her education while awaiting trial.
Alyssa Bustamante, 16, is charged as an adult with first-degree murder for last fall's killing of Elizabeth Olten in a rural area west of Jefferson City. Bustamante is jailed without as she awaits trial next spring.