St. Louis, Mo. – Eight people have been reported killed on Missouri roads and highways so far this Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The latest victim, early today, was identified as 50-year-old Shelley Sherman, from the Oklahoma City suburb of Del City. The Highway Patrol says Sherman's mini-van crossed the Interstate 44 median near Waynesville hit a guardrail and an embankment, then overturned.
Pulaski County officials say Sherman was dead at the scene. The driver's 27-year-old son, Steven, was injured.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden Friday morning called lawmakers back for a special session June 2. The legislature will consider tax increases aimed at avoiding deeper cuts in the next budget.
The Democratic leader also announced $80 million in immediate budget cuts because state revenues are still slumping.
Holden's announcements Friday capped a week of daily news conferences. He has said he will veto the Republican legislature's spending plans for public schools, colleges, health and social services.
Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois House may pass a big chunk of that state's budget today. Thursday night, the state Senate passed most of the budget that Gov. Rod Blagojevich proposed last month. They added about $135 million, mostly for education. Lawmakers still need to figure out how to pay for whatever they pass.
Approval by the House would send the legislation to the governor for final action.