Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Board of Curators has voted to keep in-state tuition for University of Missouri System undergraduates at current levels next year, but raise tuition for nonresidents and for graduate students.
The move honors a deal made by Governor Jay Nixon to freeze tuition in exchange for limiting budget cuts to around $50 million, and it comes days after the State Senate reversed plans to make deeper cuts.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis police say they've busted a large counterfeit operation on the city's north side.
Sgt. Bill March says that they found counterfeit apparel, firearms, DVD's, CD's, shoes, glasses and watches being sold out of a home in the Penrose neighborhood. He estimates the street value of the material at close to $1 million.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would expand the information women must receive 24 hours before undergoing an abortion.
A woman seeking an abortion would have to be told that a fetus could experience pain during the procedure. She would also be given the options of viewing an ultrasound and hearing a heartbeat if one yet exists.
The bill is sponsored by State Senator Rob Mayer (R, Dexter).
St. Louis – A local public relations firm is in charge of raising money for a memorial to the soldiers killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
St. Charles-based Live Image Group is trying to raise at least $12 million for the US Fallen Heroes Foundation, which wants to build a memorial in Texas to soldiers killed in the Gulf War, and in the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
St. Louis – The Missouri Senate has passed all 13 bills that make up next year's state budget.
The $23 billion spending plan restores cuts made last week to universities and colleges, and relies on still-unapproved federal dollars to fund the Career Ladder program, which pays K-through-12 teachers extra money for taking on extra duties.
But senators also voted to slice more than $450 million from next year's budget. Democrat Joan Bray of St. Louis says those cuts will hurt the needy: