Missouri State Treasurer Nancy Farmer is officially launching her U.S. Senate campaign this week. The Democrat is hoping to unseat three-term Republican Senator Kit Bond.
Farmer was a State Representative from St. Louis, and also headed a nonprofit housing co-op in the city. She has been preparing her Senate bid for some time, but faces an uphill battle against the popular incumbent.
Jefferson City, MO – Re-naming Southwest Missouri State University once again slowed business in Jefferson City. On Tuesday, opponents stalled the name change measure in the state House for more than ten hours before a vote was held late Tuesday night.
St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court said Tuesday a lawsuit by residents in Herculaneum can be heard in St. Louis.
The class-action lawsuit claims a lead-smelter owned by the Doe-Run company damaged residents' property.
The suit was filed in St. Louis because that's where the company's financial officer, Marvin Kaiser, lives. Doe Run argued Kaiser was named a defendant solely because the plaintiffs wanted to file in St. Louis.
Columbia, MO – The journalism school at the University of Missouri-Columbia got a $31 million pledge yesterday from the Donald Reynolds Foundation in Las Vegas. It's the largest donation in the school's history.
Reynolds was in the journalism school's class of 1927; he died in 1993.
The money will be used to open the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Reynolds also founded the Donrey Media Group.
An earlier gift from Reyonds of $9 million provided the money to build the university's alumni center.
Springfield, Ill. – A company that gave Rod Blagojevich's campaign fund more than $25,000 in Illinois has won a $214,000 state contract.
Maximus Inc., of Reston, Va. will recommend ways for the state to save a million dollars on vehicle costs. The state has so far gotten rid of more than 1,700 state-owned vehicles. The governor's office says donations played no role in awarding the contract.
Last year Blagojevich demanded the state find ways to save money by reducing its 13,000 vehicle fleet.