Jefferson City, MO – A group of farmers, government officials, and university professors wants Missouri lawmakers to pass tax breaks to farmers who take environmentally friendly steps to dispose of poultry waste.
Lawmakers formed the committee two years ago to study ways to keep the poultry industry profitable while lessening its environmentally harmful byproducts.
The report will be released today (Tuesday); it also asks for tax subsidies to lower researchers' costs of finding new ways to dispose of the waste.
Springfield, Ill. – About 800,000 Illinoisans won't get state income tax forms in the mail this year. The state Department of Revenue is trying to save $140,000 by sending postcards instead that suggest filing returns online.
The traditional forms are still available at post offices, libraries, and some state offices.
Many of the 800,000 taxpayers getting the postcards have filed electronically in the past. But about 100,000 were chosen at random to get the cards.
St. Louis, MO – Monsignor Richard Stika, of the St. Louis Archdiocese, will not head to Pennsylvania to become a bishop there.
Stika was reportedly a candidate to head the Greensburg diocese near Pittsburgh; but the Pope last Friday instead named Monsignor Lawrence Brandt to be bishop. Brandt will head to Greensburg from the Erie, Pa. diocese.
Stika arranged the pope's trip to St. Louis in 1999. He was Archbishop Justin Rigali's secretary before Rigali left this summer to head the Philadelphia Archdiocese.