Jefferson City, MO – The state of Missouri now offers about 50 different tax credits designed to encourage economic development or public service. But there's no way to make sure that recipients of the credits are using them legitimately.
The state provides no funding to pay for tax credit auditors. Tax credit recipients aren't required to prove that the money from the credits brought about results.
St. Louis, MO – Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson are the daughters of the late Rev. Oliver Brown, the lead plaintiff in the case of Brown vs. the Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court decision that struck down public school segregation.
Thompson said the prospect of having their children walk great distances to all-black schools angered many families:
St. Louis, MO – Police say a man is accused of robbing eight people as they walked to their cars Saturday night from the festivities. Authorities say they arrested another man suspected of breaking into several parked cars at the celebration Saturday night.
But police say those were most serious arrests made in connection with Saturday's Mardi Gras parade and the hours following it.
Springfield, ILL – An Illinois lawmaker wants to make the "morning after" contraceptive pill available without a prescription.
State Representative Sara Feigenholtz says the pill must be taken within 72 hours after intercourse to prevent pregnancy, but it's sometimes hard to get a prescription that quickly, so she wants pharmacies to sell the drug.
Opponents say the drug sometimes stops fertilized eggs from developing, which they consider to be abortion.
Jefferson City, MO – The President Casino in downtown St. Louis might be fined $50,000 for giving special treatment to Nelly.
The singer had a private birthday party there last November; and the state Gaming Commission claims he and his eight-person entourage were allowed in without required electronic cards that limit how much a person can lose.
Nelly's publicist says she thought he had gone through the necessary steps. The casino says it's reviewing the matter.
St. Louis – Missouri Congressman Dick Gephardt says Senator John Kerry has the best credentials on trade issues of all the Democratic presidential candidates.
In a conference call with reporters today, Gephardt said despite Kerry's yes' vote on the North American Free Trade Agreement a decade ago, Kerry has a stronger trade record than his chief rival, Senator John Edwards.
Jefferson City, MO – The Secretary of State's office is looking for possible locations in St. Louis to house state archives.
Webster Groves Republican Kathlyn Fares is sponsoring legislation to establish a private trust fund that would pay for the facility. It would be in addition to the state's archive office in Jefferson City.
"We have archives in Jefferson City; we do not have the space to handle all the materials that are beginning to become available," Fares said.