Jefferson City, Mo. – As both President Obama and America's top-ranking military officer call for allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the armed forces, Missouri lawmakers are responding with competing resolutions.
State Senator Jolie Justus (D, Kansas City) is sponsoring a resolution supporting the president's call to rescind the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which forbids gays from openly admitting their orientation while serving in the armed forces.
St. Louis – US Congressman Roy Blunt has widened his fundraising advantage over Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan in the race to replace retiring US Senator Kit Bond.
Blunt and Carnahan are the likely Republican and Democratic nominees for the November general election. Blunt faces a primary challenge from state Senator Chuck Purgason, whose represents a district in mid-southeast Missouri.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Chinese ambassador to the United States is visiting Missouri's State Capitol.
Zhou Wenzhong's visit to Jefferson City is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri officials to promote the development of a U.S.-Chinese air cargo hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The $40 million project includes plans to expand air cargo facilities at Lambert.
St. Louis – Illinois' senior senator is pushing for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to explain why it de-accredited levees in the Metro East.
"A lot of different units of government have come to me we disagree with their conclusion that these levees are dangerous," Durbin said. "I'm not an engineer; I can't answer that question, but FEMA has to sit down with these local units of government and go through this data and information."