O'Fallon, Mo. – A group that opposes education cuts in the Missouri state budget gathered Thursday at Fort Zumwalt North Middle School. They say the Fort Zumwalt School District in O'Fallon will be especially hard hit if Republican budget proposals remain intact.
According to the Coalition to Protect Education and Healthcare, the budget plan legislators passed, but Governor Holden later vetoed, cuts $224 million from elementary and secondary education. The group said nearly $14 million of those cuts will affect St. Charles County.
St. Louis, MO – It's been more than a decade since pitcher Bob Forsch last walked off the mound in a Cardinals jersey. He's still the only pitcher in team history to throw two no-hitters and pitch in three World Series.
Forsch now lives in Chesterfield, and recently wrote a book called Tales from the Cardinals Dugout with Post-Dispatch sports writer Tom Wheatly. Forsch recently spoke with KWMU's Tom Weber about the book.
Washington, DC – Missouri's two U.S. Senators say the state can use $398 million in federal dollars to help balance the state budget. Republicans Kit Bond and Jim Talent say the one-time federal aid is part of a tax cut plan the President Bush is about to sign.
Governor Bob Holden has called a special session for Monday to address a budget he says is $367 million out of balance.
He also objects to 354 (m) million in cuts Republican-led lawmakers propose for education, health and social services.
St. Louis, Mo. – President Bush Wednesday signed into law a tax cut package that also contains aid for the states.
That package should translate into about $186 million earmarked for Missouri's Medicaid program.
Attorney Joel Ferber with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri says that funding is matching money that's based on Missouri's Medicaid spending in the past. But he says the current budget proposal cuts 13,000 adults from Medicaid.