Jefferson City, Mo. – Republican lawmakers in Missouri have sent letters to Governor Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster, both Democrats, regarding federal health care legislation in Washington.
The letter to Nixon asks him to "take action" against federal mandates the GOP says will result in financial disaster.
St. Louis – A St. Louis electrical equipment plant reopened today, a week after a disgruntled worker went on a shooting rampage and killed three fellow employees before turning the gun on himself.
ABB spokesman Bob Fesmire said today will be devoted to counseling sessions, not production.
"We moved from the shock phase [to] the grieving process," Fesmire said. "And you could say today is the first day of the recovery process, and we'll take it as it comes. Everybody's got to be there for each other."
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis' historic Sumner High School is being given six months to improve or risk being shut down at the end of the school year. St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams outlined eight goals Thursday night all of which must be met, he said, for Sumner to remain open as a high school.
The benchmarks include increasing the attendance rate to 85 percent, reducing student suspensions by 10 percent and graduating all 90 students still enrolled as seniors.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Republican leaders in the Missouri House and Senate returned to their party's traditional themes, after talking up ethics and the economy on the legislature's opening day last week.
Led by Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, GOP leaders pledged first and foremost not to raise taxes this year.
"Taking more money from Missouri families is not a sensible solution to fix whatever budget problems we face today," Kinder said.