Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon has dismissed a long-time aide, but will reinstate the head of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in the ongoing controversy over the delayed release of E. coli test results from the Lake of the Ozarks.
Nixon has rescinded the appointment of Joe Bindbeutel to serve as an Administrative Law judge, in effect firing him, because he made the decision to delay the release of E. coli test results from the Lake of the Ozarks while serving as DNR Deputy Director.
Springfield, Ill. – With one former Illinois governor in prison and another facing corruption charges, the state Senate has decided to let voters choose whether they want the power to recall governors in the future.
The Senate's vote means a constitutional amendment will be placed on the ballot in November of next year. If it passes, Illinois will adopt a complex mechanism for recalling governors seen as corrupt or incompetent.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Mark Templeton is still on leave from his job as Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director, even though it's now been two weeks since his two-week suspension was handed down by Governor Jay Nixon.
Templeton was suspended without pay after the governor learned E. coli-contaminated beaches at the Lake of the Ozarks remained open during Memorial Day weekend, despite being told after the fact that they were closed.
St. Louis – Vice President Joe Biden used a Thursday visit to a police training center in St. Louis to highlight the impacts of the federal stimulus package.
"In the city of St. Louis, that means $8 million to put 50 police officers back on the beat supporting their families and protecting yours," Biden said. Thousands of other first responder jobs have also been created across the nation, but Biden said a full economic recovery will come only with the creation of many more new jobs in all areas of the economy.
St. Louis, MO – Juan Bermudez has a new Kindle after all.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis gave Bermudez, 29, the electronic reading tablet at a ceremony at the school today.
The UMSL math major had purchased a Kindle on-line earlier this year. Bermudez discovered that the Kindle had been stolen from Missouri state auditor Susan Montee's car while it was parked in Forest Park. Bermudez turned it over to the police.
St. Louis – Rush Limbaugh has been dropped from a group seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams.
The conservative talk show host was to be a limited partner in a group headed by Dave Checketts, chairman of the St.Louis Blues.
Checketts said in a statement Wednesday that Limbaugh's participation had become a complication in the group's efforts, and the bid will move forward without him. Checketts said he will have no further comment.
St. Louis – Talk-show host Rush Limbaugh's announcement that he wants to buy a share of the St. Louis Rams football team has some fans in St. Louis, the NFL and others concerned. They are worried about Limbaugh's past comments that were deemed racially divisive.
St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann reports for NPR's All Things Considered.