St. Louis, Mo. – With the detection of the first confirmed case of West Nile virus in a bird in Missouri this week, state officials are gearing up to handle the mosquito-transmitted disease.
The infected bird was found near Harvester in St. Charles County. Missouri Department of Health spokesman Brian Quinn says they cannot predict if this summer will be worse than last but he believes the state is better prepared to deal with the virus.
Springfield, ILL. – The commission that oversees financial aid for Illinois college students is considering reducing the maximum amount of so-called MAP-grants.
MAP (Monetary Assistance Program) grants come from money state lawmakers appropriate every year to provide financial assistance to Illinois college students. Unlike loans, MAP grants need not be repaid.
St. Louis, MO – Another Carnahan is getting into politics. Robin Carnahan, the daughter of former Senator Jean and the late Governor Mel Carnahan, says she'll run for Missouri Secretary of State next year. Current Secretary of State Matt Blunt is expected to run for Governor.
That word comes just days after one of Robin's brothers, Russ, announced he's running for Congress.
Robin Carnahan is a St. Louis attorney; the Democrat says she has formed a committee and is raising money for next year's election.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden this week changed the reason for calling the current special session in Jefferson City.
Originally, Holden called lawmakers back to come up with ways to raise new money for the state. Holden wanted lawmakers to let voters decide whether to raise taxes, but the Republian-led Legislature instead passed a new budget using some newly-available federal money.
St. Louis, Mo. – Missouri Governor Bob Holden is defending the action he took earlier this week in altering the direction of the special legislative session that began June 2.
Holden had initially called the session in hopes of reversing deep budget cuts the Republican-controlled legislature passed in May. But on Wednesday, the governor deleted his original budget requests and asked lawmakers to pass a three-month emergency appropriation for education.