Springfield, IL – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has vetoed the bare-bones budget lawmakers sent him.
Quinn's veto Wednesday leaves the state without a spending plan on the first day of the new fiscal year.
The Democratic governor made good on a promise to nix any "partial" budget the General Assembly approved. He says taxpayers deserve an "honest budget, a full budget, a balanced budget, and also a decent budget."
Jefferson City, Mo. – In a rare move, the Missouri Supreme Court has ordered a special investigator to look into claims that condemned prisoner Reginald Clemons was wrongly convicted and sentenced to death.
On Tuesday the court announced the appointment of Judge Michael Manners of Kansas City as a special master. He will take evidence, hear testimony and evaluate Clemons' claims.
Clemons was sentenced to death for the 1991 murders of sisters Julie Kerry, 20, and 19-year-old Robin Kerry at the Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis.
Jefferson City, MO – Authorities in Missouri are stepping up efforts to reduce traffic deaths this summer.
For the next 70 days, starting July 1st, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement will be forming High Enforcement Action Teams, or HEAT as the public service campaign calls them, to catch offenders.
Lt. Colonel Richard Coffey is Assistant Superintendent of the Highway Patrol.
St. Louis, MO – A standing-room-only crowd filled a hearing room at St. Louis City Hall Tuesday to weigh in on a proposed smoking ban in St. Louis.
The current proposal from 28th ward Alderwoman Lyda Krewson, which is expected to be amended, bans smoking everywhere except outdoor patios, tobacco shops, and casino floors. It has the strong support of Mayor Francis Slay, whom Krewson echoed in pushing for the ban.