The Missouri House has done an about-face and now wants a joint committee to negotiate a final version of a wide-ranging tax credit bill that has divided the House and Senate throughout the ongoing special session.
House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) had suggested weeks ago that a conference committee wasn’t necessary and that any differences on tax credits could be worked out during floor debates. Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter), meanwhile, had pushed for going to conference because that’s the normal route for reaching compromise on bills. Tilley says he’s decided to take Mayer at his word.
Missouri House members are trying to eject from their earlier support for a jet built in Texas.
House members this month approved a resolution urging Congress to fund the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, which is built by Lockheed Martin Corp. in Texas. Some now fear the jet could compete for funding with the F/A-18, which is built by Boeing Corp. in St. Louis.
Boeing is among Missouri's biggest employers with about 15,000 workers in the state and 5,000 connected to the F/A-18.
Unemployment in Illinois rose in September for a fifth straight month and hit 10 percent for the first time since August 2010.
The state Department of Employment Security on Thursday blamed continued weakness in consumer confidence across the country for the increase. The federal government earlier this month said national unemployment for September was 9.1 percent. That was unchanged from August. The state rate was 9.9 percent in August.
If your purchased candy at TJ Maxx, Marshall's or HomeGoods stores recently, and you're allergic to peanuts, listen up - some of that candy may have been recalled.
Nassau Candy Distributors is recalling their Nancy Adams Classic Mini S'mores because the candy may contain peanuts that are not listed as an ingredient. The product was sold nationwide at the three stories above - here's the complete description:
As part of ongoing construction efforts, the Eads Bridge will be closed this weekend.
The bridge will be closed to all traffic beginning at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 (tomorrow) and will reopen at 3 a.m. Oct. 24 (Monday).
Motorists and public transportation users alike will be affected by the closure, and Metro, which owns the bridge, provides the following information regarding alternative routes or means of transportation:
Former U.S. Sen. Kit Bond is teaming up with a former U.S. marshal to start a private security company.
Kit Bond Corporate Protection Services will be based in Columbia. The president of the new business is Mauri Sheer, who until May had served as a federal marshal in western Missouri where he coordinated security at three federal courthouses. Sheer also worked for the U.S. Secret Service for 27 years.