Jefferson City, MO – The 2009 session of the Missouri General Assembly ends Friday. Work on the budget is complete, but two big battles loom - ending the Senate impasse of Gov. Jay Nixon's job creation bill, and passing some form of Medicaid expansion. KWMU's Marshall Griffin previews the last week of session.
St. Louis, MO – The former president of St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood has been stripped of his priestly faculties.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis said in a Saturday statement that Bishop Robert J. Hermann, the temporary head of the archdiocese, made the move after receiving information from the Marainist Province about a previous investigation of Rev. Osborne. The decision means the priest may no longer publicly celebrate Mass or live in any parish rectory in the Archdiocese.
Madison Co., MO – The 3-year-old boy who wandered away from his parent's house in Madison County, Missouri last week and spent 52 hours in the woods has been released from the hospital.
Doctors at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center who treated Joshua Childers said the boy is not expected to experience any long-term health consequences from the moderate hypothermia, bug bites, and bruises he suffered.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Republican party has filed a complaint with federal and state authorities into allegations that Governor Jay Nixon and his staff tried to bribe lawmakers into supporting Medicaid expansion.
The complaint alleges that a chief aide for the governor and a staffer at the Department of Labor asked two freshmen lawmakers, Chris Molendorp (R, Belton) and Anne Zerr (R, St. Charles), to vote in favor of Medicaid expansion. In return, they would be offered jobs in the Nixon administration.
St. Louis, MO – The state of Illinois and Union Pacific have announced a groundbreaking agreement to pursue high-speed rail between St. Louis and Chicago.
The Illinois Department of Transportation has agreed to fund a $400 thousand study into the upgrades that are necessary along the Amtrak route. Senator Dick Durbin says the collaboration is the first of its kind in the country.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay used his State of the City address Friday to repeat his call for stronger regional cooperation.
"Until we start speaking in unison, Jefferson City - both Democrats and Republicans - will continue to ignore our constituents. They will divert our tax dollars, cap our tax credits, run our police department and take our votes in November for granted," Slay told a crowd at City Hall of aldermen, administration officials, and union members.