Sacramento, CA – Presidential hopeful Dick Gephardt, of St. Louis, is standing by his long-time aide and campaign vice-chair, Joyce Aboussie.
Two large employees unions that have endorsed Howard Dean's run for President want Aboussie to resign. They say she threatened to help repeal a collective bargaining law for Missouri state employees if union members helped Dean in Iowa. On Thursday, Gephardt said the fuss is just politics and calls her apology the end of the matter.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's budget director told higher education leaders on Thursday the state could face a $1 billion deficit next year.
But House member Carl Bearden, of St. Charles, says the figure is inflated. Bearden, a Republican, calls it an attempt by Democrats to justify a tax increase. He says the deficit likely won't be more than $350 million.
The differing financial pictures will have to be blended by the state college and university presidents, who are working on budgets for the fiscal year that starts next July.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Auditor Claire McCaskill today released the second part of her audit on the state's foster care system. McCaskill says the system - first and foremost - needs to better manage information.
"We found 923 social workers listed on their system that are not on their payroll records. We were unable to determine what the caseloads of the various workers were," McCaskill said.
St. Louis, MO – New proposed federal air pollution control rules could have an impact on the St. Louis area's air quality. The Environmental Protection Agency wants to cap sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions for utility plants.
In Missouri, the EPA proposes adding Ste. Genevieve County to an area around St. Louis that would be considered a non-attainment area.