Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers this year made deep cuts to the state budget that takes effect next month.
They had to slash money for many social services and for various education programs, including Parents as Teachers and Career Ladder. Governor Jay Nixon has indicated he may slice up to $350 million more when he signs the budget into law.
St. Louis, MO – Two people are hospitalized with bullet wounds after a crime spree that began near St. Louis and resulted in a two-state, three-county chase.
Police first responded last night to a south St. Louis County man who had been shot outside his home while investigating noises outside. Soon afterward, police received a report of a second shooting not far away, where a man was robbed at gunpoint, then shot.
St. Louis – Four St. Louis police officers who were investigated for misusing World Series tickets in 2006 have been granted the ability to appeal the release of files from that internal investigation.
The officers filed court paper asking to intervene in the lawsuit after the Board of Police Commissioners voted last month to follow an earlier court ruling and release those files to a local activist.
St. Louis, MO – The World Congress of the International Association for Plant Biotechnology meets in St. Louis this week. The international event attracts hundreds of scientists, policy leaders, and industry representatives from the world of agricultural biotech.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A review is underway of sentencing recommendations used by judges in Missouri.
The state's Sentencing Advisory Commission (MOSAC) has appointed a subcommittee to examine the recommendations, which prosecutors criticize as being too lenient, especially for those charged with violent acts and sex crimes.
By Adam Allington / Rebecca Thiele St. Louis Public Radio
St. Louis, MO – An African American group says it may file a federal lawsuit against the St. Louis suburb of Ladue following a recent report on traffic stops.
Last week, Attorney General Chris Koster released statistics showing African-Americans are 70 percent more likely to be pulled over than whites in Missouri. In Ladue, Koster said blacks are 1,700 percent more likely to be stopped.