Springfield, ILL. – The Illinois Senate on Wednesday passed a compromise measure on how to punish cops who lie in murder investigations. The plan allows the state to take away an officer's badge for perjury, even if the suspect is not charged criminally.
The deal is part of a bigger effort to reform the state's death penalty system.
washington, dc – The Bush administration says it's bringing in a new team of government scientists to work on a plan for the Missouri River. On Wednesdya, scientists who had worked on the Missouri for years were taken off the project.
The Corps of Engineers must come up with a new plan by next month for operating the river in line with the Endangered Species Act.
The new scientists will say whether the corps can avoid major changes but still comply with the law. And switching to a new group could block changes to the river's flow.
St. Louis, MO – The doctors say soaring medical malpractice insurance premiums are driving many of them out of state and even out of business.
Many physicians have seen their rates double or even triple in recent years.
Dr. Norman Druck, president-elect of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society, says legislative policies and court precedents have put doctors at a disadvantage in defending themselves against lawsuits:
Jefferson City, MO – The state of Missouri took in more money in October, but that's only because the federal government sent the state a big check.
With the $95 million from Washington, Missouri revenues were up 17% over October 2002. But without that money, the state took in 4% less tax money. Overall, tax collections are up by less than 2% this fiscal year over last year.