Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's budget picture remains bleak, as lawmakers begin to consider Governor Jay Nixon's spending plan and come up with their own.
State Budget Director Linda Luebbering reminded the Senate Appropriations Committee Monday that revenue collections will continue to lag. But she also said Missouri is expected to receive $300 million in federal money that can be used for state expenses.
St. Louis – Supporters of returning the St. Louis police to local control have gotten the okay to start gathering signatures on three ballot issues.
All three petitions approved for circulation would place the St. Louis Board of Aldermen in charge of police department policies. The department is currently governed by a five-member board, four of whom are appointed by the governor. The arrangement dates back to the Civil War.
St. Louis – Stimulus funds are being used to weatherize the homes of about 21,000 low income Missourians.
The state has received $128 million in federal stimulus money to make homes more energy efficient. Eligibility was recently expanded so people who earn less than twice the federal poverty level may apply.
That means a family of four that makes less than $44,100 a year is eligible.
The funds go to 16 consumer advocacy agencies around the state that weatherize the homes of low-income residents.
St. Louis – Opponents of an $8 billion redevelopment plan for north St. Louis say they'll press forward with their lawsuit even though a trial that was to begin this week has been delayed. The trial was delayed because Richard Callahan, the judge in the case, was sworn in Friday as St. Louis' new federal prosecutor.
Jefferson City, Mo. – An appeal from a man on death row convicted in a murder that he videotaped goes before the Missouri Supreme Court this week.
Richard D. Davis, 45, was convicted in 2008 in Kansas City for the killing of Marsha Spicer.
Davis and his girlfriend, Dena Riley, videotaped the assault and prosecutors presented video excerpts and still photos at Davis' trial. Riley pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.