Jefferson City, Mo. – House budget writers have begun reviewing Missouri's proposed state budget for next year.
Early on, Republicans had criticized Democratic Governor Jay Nixon for relying on Congress to provide $300 million in federal funding to help underwrite the state budget. But House Budget Chair Allen Icet (R, Wildwood) is now relying on that $300 million as well.
St. Louis – Elected leaders in St. Louis are continuing their push to get the region's households to fill out the 2010 Census forms.
The forms are expected to start arriving in people's mailboxes this week. The data gathered on the form, especially the number of people in the household, helps determine everything from federal road and bridge money to Congressional districts.
St. Louis – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will spend more than $300 million to improve water quality along the Mississippi River.
The plan targets farm land in a dozen states including Missouri.
The agency is trying to keep fertilizer and animal waste from draining into the river and its tributaries. The nutrients eventually wind up in the Gulf of Mexico, causing algae to flourish and reducing oxygen levels for fish.