St. Louis – The latest audit of city departments in St. Louis has found several employees of the sheriff's department were paid for full-time work without putting in the required hours.
State auditor Susan Montee released her review of the Sheriff and Public Utilities departments Thursday. They are the 22nd and 23rd of the citizen-requested audits, which will conclude with a report on the mayor's office and a round-up in April.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed a $23 billion state budget for next year.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle conceded that passing a budget filled with millions in cuts to education and social services was a grim task. But State Representative Tim Jones (R, Eureka) said it could have been a lot worse.
"Illinois' budget gap this year is 44 percent...I do not know where you even begin to close a gap such as that," Jones said.
St. Louis, MO – The amount of electronic waste generated by U.S. consumers is steadily increasing.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that in 2005, at least 26 million computers became obsolete - six million more than in 1998. By 2007, discarded TVs, computers, cell phones and other "e-waste" totaled about five billion pounds.
St. Louis, MO – AmerenUE officials say its rebuilt Taum Sauk Reservoir in southeastern Missouri is on schedule to be operating early this summer.
The old reservoir collapsed in December 2005, sending more than a billion gallons of water rushing down Proffit Mountain, wiping out Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park and injuring the park ranger's family.
AmerenUE spokesman Michael West says they have taken specific steps to ensure the new reservoir's safety.
Springfield, Ill. – Illinois is one step away from a two-tiered pension system for most public employees. The House and Senate easily approved changes for future workers Wednesday. Those currently on the payroll and retirees won't be affected. But anyone hired beginning next year will be required to work until age 67 and face limits on how much they can receive in retirement.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Pete Rahn has announced his resignation as Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, effective April 23rd.
He's been the head of MoDOT since September 2004. Rahn oversaw the massive redesign of U.S.40/I-64 in St. Louis and the approval of the program to replace or repair more than 800 aging bridges in Missouri.
St. Louis – Missouri governor Jay Nixon wants to cut the state's $650 million dollar tax credit program in half.
The budget Nixon outlined in January faces as much as a $500 million shortfall amid dwindling tax revenues and uncertain federal aid.
Nixon's economic development director outlined a plan to consolidate the state's 60 tax-credit programs into six broader initiatives. Those include redevelopment, low-income housing, and the financial and insurance industries.