Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is getting praise from fellow Republicans and criticism from Democrats for filing a lawsuit against the new federal health care law. The suit was filed today in Cape Girardeau.
State Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) supports Kinder's actions. She cites Samantha Hill of Johnson County, one of the plaintiffs in the suit, as an example of someone whose rights are being violated by the new law.
Chicago, IL – Back-to-school shoppers can look forward to a small discount on purchases next month. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday that eliminates the state's 5 percent sales tax for ten days - from August 6 to August 15.
The sales tax holiday applies to school supplies and clothing items that are less than $100. Computers, art supplies and textbooks will still be taxed as normal. Any local sales tax will still be in effect.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder has filed a lawsuit challenging the federal health care bill. The suit accuses Congress of overstepping its authority and trampling on state sovereignty.
Kinder's suit contends that Congress cannot force people to buy a product nor demand that state officials enforce a "federal scheme."
Matt Sepic reports on changes to flood maps in the Metro East
St. Louis – Across the country, millions of people are suddenly finding themselves in federal hazard zones not because of any natural or man-made disaster, but because the Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating its old flood risk maps. Even if they've never been under water, home and business owners in places deemed hazardous are now forced to buy flood insurance.
St. Louis, MO – A top official with the Veterans Administration system toured a St. Louis VA hospital Tuesday.
The visit by Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Undersecretary William Schoenhard follows revelations that veterans who received dental services at the VA medical center may have been exposed to viruses. The VA said dental equipment used on patients was not washed with detergent before being sterilized.
St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen has gone on record opposing any future state law that would require the city's police department to check the immigration status of a person even if they have not been charged with a crime. Missouri does not have a measure like this in place.
Alderman Craig Schmid calls his resolution a preemptive strike, saying some state lawmakers have discussed implementing the requirement.