Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers have two weeks left to meet the constitutional deadline for passing a state budget. They say they expect to make that deadline, but they're also counting on more work after that date.
Leading legislative Republicans expect Gov. Bob Holden to veto the budget and call them back for a special session.
The sudden emergence of the SARS virus has focused the attention of medical professionals around the world in a way not seen since the early 1980's, when the HIV-AIDS scare dominated the news of the day.
Though less attention is given to HIV these days, the virus remains a serious health threat that infects up to 50,000 people each year in the U.S. alone.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri officials have given preliminary approval to the state's share of a nearly $1.4 billion national settlement with Wall Street brokerage houses.
The settlement involves 10 investment firms whose analysts recommended stocks to investors while their investment banking divisions were underwriting them. Merrill Lynch is one of the 10 firms. Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt said the company's analysts were encouraged to give exaggerated stock values.
Jefferson City, MO – A dispute between state officials and lobbyists has stalled legislation over pharmacies. The proposal was written after the case of Kansas City druggist Robert Courtney, who was convicted of diluting prescriptions.
The legislation would allow the state's Board of Pharmacy to be more aggressive in cases that could threaten people's health.
St. Louis, Mo. – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen began a new session today. 3rd Ward Alderman Freeman Bosley Senior has re-introduced a bill that would ban smoking in all city-owned buildings, including Lambert Airport.
Bosley proposed the change to the city's smoking ordinance last summer, but officials wanted to test the air at the airport first.
Washington, D.C. – Missouri Senators Kit Bond and Jim Talent - upset with the way former TWA employees have been treated - want to meet with the new head of American Airlines.
The two Republicans say they want to talk with CEO Gerard Arpey about how to fairly integrate the TWA workers who are now employed by American. They also want to stress the importance of American Airlines to Missouri's economy.