Jefferson City, MO – Governors Jay Nixon of Missouri and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn are visiting troops stationed in Iraq and Kuwait.
In a conference call with reporters, Nixon indicated that life after deployment is on the minds of many service members.
"With the unemployment rate up, they're concerned about what happens when they come home. They're also asking about their family members; they are interested in making sure that they can transition back," Nixon said.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will look into a complaint filed against the Department of Natural Resources over its withholding of a report on E-Coli levels at the Lake of the Ozarks.
The readings were taken May 26th. But the report was not released until June 26th, amid concerns that it could harm tourism and business at the Lake.
The Missouri Clean Water Campaign, which is part of the Sierra Club, accuses the Department of Natural Resources of violating open records laws.
St. Louis – A Florida man has pleaded guilty to impersonating clients of a St. Louis brokerage firm in order to steal proceeds from their stock holdings.
Thirty five-year-old Christopher Maury admitted to fraudulent obtaining the information of Scottrade clients. Maury would then call the company and convince Scottrade employees to liquidate stocks of the customer he was impersonating. The proceeds would go to a bank account Maury controlled in Florida.
St. Louis – Midwestern farmers enjoyed bumper crops and high commodity prices in the last few years, but organizers of this year's Farm Aid concert in St. Louis say their advocacy work on behalf of family-run farms remains vital.
Executive Director Carolyn Mugar said people should not think of farmers as needy. She said most of the money Farm Aid raises goes to lobbying efforts and education, especially through the group's website.
Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn settled for less than he wanted in a new state budget. However he signed the spending plan into law Wednesday night, a move that will ensure thousands of state workers get paid.
More than 5,000 employee paychecks were delayed this week as the state had no spending authority. Now that a budget is in place, they're expected to have checks hand delivered to them at work today.