Chicago, ILL. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Sunday signed into law legislation that lets undocumented or non-citizens who graduate an Illinois high school to pay the lower, in-state tuition at public universities.
The measure specifically requires the students to have attended the high school for at least three years.
St. Louis, Mo. – Mark Ritchie says the low price of commodities like corn and soybeans is the biggest problem facing American farmers. He heads the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, a nonprofit think tank that focuses on connections between local and global agriculture policy.
"Always oversupply will lead to much lower prices unless there's some form of intervention, to help bring supply and demand back into balance," Ritchie said.
Kingdom City, MO. – A Webster Groves firefighter who died in the line of duty earlier this year was remembered and honored Sunday in Kingdom City, near Columbia.
Dennis Mignerone's name was one of two added to the Firefighters' Memorial. He died in January after having chest pains while doing exercise drills.
Also honored was Mike Stanley, who suffered a heart attack in March while cutting fire breaks at the scene of a grass fire. He was a volunteer firefighter with the Salisbury Fire Department in north-central Missouri.
Experts from governments, agribusiness, non-governmental organizations and other groups visited St. Louis to discuss the future of the global food supply.
The third biennial World Congress of the World Agricultural Forum began Sunday at Union Station. Environmental activists were also there to protest a system they see as being dominated by big agribusinesses.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden is getting out his veto pen.
Governor Holden said today that he will veto the budget bill that provides money for the departments of health and mental health.
The Governor is citing cuts approved by legislators that he says would deny services to 5,800 people with developmental disabilities. He says the cuts also could eliminate psychiatric services for 3,200 adults and 800 emotionally-disturbed children.
Jefferson City, MO. – Some banks and credit unions in Missouri will start a new dress code of sorts for customers Tuesday. They're going to ask customers to remove hats, sunglasses, and hoods when entering the building.
It's an effort aimed at stopping bank robberies. Customers who do not shed their head coverings will still be served. But tellers and bank security will likly watch those who don't comply closer.
Banks and credit unions plan to post hundreds of signs, posters and tent cards explaining the new dress code.