Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers head to Jefferson City today to begin their special session at noon. Gov. Bob Holden called the legislators back after vetoing about two-thirds of the $19 billion budget that they passed.
He wants lawmakers to approve putting a question to voters whether taxes should be raised to help prevent deep budget cuts.
But Republican leaders in the House and Senate oppose such a move. They say lawmakers will likely make just minor changes, and not the major budget rewrite the governor wants.
Ferguson, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is suing to remove a member of a St. Louis area school board.
Nixon alleges that Riverview Gardens school board member Vincent Dungey is ineligible to hold public office because he has not completed his sentence after pleading guilty in 2000 to three felony charges of passing bad checks.
St. Louis, MO – Missouri lawmakers will head back to Jefferson City to refigure the state budget on Monday.
Gov. Bob Holden says he's optimistic that cuts to a host of services can be restored. He says the budget the Republican-controlled legislature gave him cuts $354 million from education, health care and social services. But Holden believes the General Assembly can deliver a sound budget before July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.
St. Louis, MO – A 22-year veteran of St. Louis-based Monsanto is the new president and CEO of the biotech company.
Hugh Grant replaces Hendrik Verfaille, who resigned in December, citing the company's poor financial performance over the previous two years.
Monsanto makes the herbicide RoundUp, and also makes genetically altered seeds that can tolerate RoundUp and resist insects. Those seeds include cotton, corn, soybean and canola. Monsanto also produces Asgrow, Hartz and DeKalb seeds.
St. Louis, Mo. – African-American drivers in Missouri were 40-percent more likely to be stopped by law enforcement in 2002 than white drivers. That's according to a state-mandated report issued Friday by the office of Attorney General Jay Nixon.
In 2001, blacks were only 35-percent more likely to be pulled over than whites.
Statistician Scott Decker with the University of Missouri-St. Louis says despite the five-percent increase this year, it's too early to call it a trend.