Jefferson City, Mo. – Supporters of red light cameras traveled to the Missouri Capitol today to urge lawmakers not to ban their use.
In 2002, Kathy Tremeear of Moscow Mills lost her 10-year-old daughter Kayla when a motorist ran a red light and struck their van. It happened at the intersection of State Route 141 and Jeffco Boulevard in Arnold. Tremeear lived in Arnold at the time.
The intersection did not have red light cameras in 2002, but it does today.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has passed legislation aimed at getting the state to opt out of the recently-passed federal health care law.
The measure would bar the federal government from compelling anyone in Missouri to take part in any private or public health care system.
The original resolution was being filibustered by Senate Democrats, but Republicans got around it by adopting a similar House bill in its place and voting it out. Jim Lembke (R, St. Louis) was among them.
Chicago – The Illinois Democrat who won the primary for lieutenant governor only to withdraw amid allegations about his past says he now wants to be governor.
Scott Lee Cohen says he'll collect signatures to run as an independent.
Cohen says everybody makes mistakes and everybody is entitled to a second chance. He quit the lieutenant governor's race when old accusations surfaced that he failed to pay child support and held a knife to his girlfriend's throat.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Legislation that would require Missouri voters to show photo identification at the polls and allow early voting received a hearing today before a State Senate committee. And everyone who testified spoke against it.
St. Louis – Missouri Congressman Russ Carnahan says new strategies for the war in Afghanistan appear to be working.
The Democrat from south St. Louis traveled to Kabul and Kandahar over the weekend in his role as the chair of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on oversight. The trip, he said, allowed him to gather information first-hand before scheduled committee hearings on the progress of reconstruction in Afghanistan.
Jefferson City, Mo. – With the state budget out of the way, Missouri lawmakers now have two weeks left to concentrate on other priorities. Legislation addressing tax credits, ethics, consolidation of state agencies, and autism insurance all remain unfinished going into the homestretch.