This document from an 1868 divorce case includes allegations that Johanna Hill, the wife of St. Louis attorney Britton Hill, tried to kill her husband by turning on the gas in his hotel room as he slept. (photo: Michael Everman, Missouri State Archives)
St. Louis – Today the term "red tape" is shorthand for bureaucracy. But in the days before paperclips and staplers, red cloth ribbon was used to bind government documents. Archivists in St. Louis have been cutting through a lot of it lately.
Recently they finished preserving more than 11,000 legal documents from two years after the Civil War.
Jefferson City, MO – Reactions to Governor Jay Nixon's budget cuts continue to come in from across Missouri.
Among the cuts announced Thursday was $10 million that would have funded a new highway interchange in Jefferson City.
The purpose of the project: To provide better access to the old state prison site, where a new federal courthouse is being built. Redevelopment plans for the site also include a shopping center and a prison museum, though they're not part of any state budget item.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed the Fiscal Year 2010 state budget into law, but he also used the line-item veto to cut $105 million out of it.
Most of the cuts came from a capital improvement projects bill. They include cutting $24.7 million out of a statewide radio system for emergency responders, which will now make do with only $87 million.