Jefferson City, MO – Lawmakers have left Jefferson City for their annual Easter break.
This year's holiday arrives at the end of a very contentious week in the Missouri Senate, where two bills, one on tax credits and the other on power plant construction, have sparked shouting matches, criminal accusations, and marathon sessions lasting into the early morning hours.
Pfizer, the world's largest pharmaceutical company, opened a new 330,000 square foot research building in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield Thursday. Construction on the $200 million facility began in 2005. Its completion means the company's 1,200 St. Louis employees will be in one location instead of on four campuses.
Don Frail is Pfizer's St. Louis site director. He says about 250 Pfizer researchers will move into the building during April and May.
St. Louis – Coal has a reputation as a sooty, dirty fuel. More recently, both environmentalists and the coal industry have become just as concerned about the carbon dioxide released when coal is burned.
Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and a major contributor to global warming. The federal government and coal companies here in St. Louis are funding research that aims to cut carbon dioxide pollution from power plants.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would give the governor more say in who serves on the State Supreme Court and lower courts.
The resolution would allow the governor to reject an entire slate of nominees given him by the Appellate Judicial Commission, but he would have to choose a judge from the second slate, or else the commission would make the pick.
Chicago, IL – Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's arraignment on federal corruption charges has been set for April 14.
The federal court schedule indicates that the former governor's brother, Robert Blagojevich, Springfield millionaire William Cellini and former chief fundraiser Christopher Kelly are to be arraigned at the same time. They were indicted along with the former governor.