A proposed state constitutional amendment would bar tenure for Missouri's school teachers.
The proposed initiative petition was filed Tuesday with the secretary of state's office. It could appear before voters in November if supporters gather between 147,000 and 160,000 signatures from supporters.
Governor Jay Nixon delivers the State of the State speech to the legislature in the House of Representatives chambers as Speaker of the House Steve Tilley (L) and Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. in January 2011.
Nixon to deliver State of the State Speech tonight
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to stress his job-creation efforts as he delivers his annual State of the State address to lawmakers.
Tonight's speech is to coincide with the release of Nixon's proposed budget for the 2013 fiscal year. Nixon's budget director has said Missouri may face a gap of about $500 million between projected expenses and revenues in the budget year that starts July 1.
The St. Louis Rams had a tough football season, tying for the worst record in the NFL. This months' hiring of a new head coach, Jeff Fisher, created a sense of hope. But there are lingering concerns among fans about whether the team will stay in St. Louis.
Many there remember watching their original NFL team leave town in the 1980s. Now the Rams have the right to break their stadium lease if the city does not make major upgrades. And as our own Maria Altman reported for NPR's Morning Edition, it may be tough to compete with the Rams' old hometown of Los Angeles.
Updated 8:30 a.m: The watches and warnings for the St. Louis area have all expired. Local news stations are reporting that buildings used by Belleville West High School sustained heavy damage, but there are no reports of injuries. There are about 1,400 Ameren Missouri customers in the St. Louis Public Radio listening area without power, but there are no outages reported in the Metro East.
Updated 3:50 a.m.: Tornado Warnings now expired for the majority of the listening area. However, the area is also under a tornado watch until 7 a.m.
Updated 3:29 a.m.: Tornado Warning in effect for Clinton, Monroe, St. Clair, Washington Counties in Illinois until 3:45 a.m. (Monroe removed from this warning at 3:37 a.m.)
Updated 2:44 a.m.: A Tornado Warning is now in effect for St. Louis and Jefferson Counties in Missouri, Monroe County in Illinois until 3:15 a.m.
Updated 2:23 a.m.: Tornado Warning in effect for Franklin, Jefferson, Washington Counties in Missouri until 2:45 a.m.
Updated 1:53 a.m.: A Tornado Warning now in effect in Franklin, Jefferson Counties in Missouri until 2:15 a.m. More info: http://bit.ly/zK1nMe
Attention: The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the St. Louis area. The watches (in Missouri and Illinois) both expire at 7 a.m.
Mo. Senators pushing legislation to make information available about grants and budget cuts
The legislation would require details about federal grants worth at least $1 million to be posted on the Missouri Accountability Portal, which is an online tool for tracking state expenses. It also would require the governor to post a daily report on that website listing how much money he has withheld from state agencies and programs to help balance the budget.
For the third year in a row, Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis will give area residents a chance to read and hear the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The dean of the Episcopal cathedral, The Very Rev. Mike Kinman, says he appreciates the call from President Obama to make King's birthday a day of service. But he says the readings are designed to provide the reflective counterpart that was also a crucial part of King's life.
If you're planning to be in downtown St. Louis for the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up or other events on Monday, you'll need to take note of the following road closures for the Martin Luther King Day march.
Closures along the route will begin at 10:30 a.m. Assembly for the parade, which goes from the Old Courthouse to Powell Symphony Hall, begins at 11 a.m. at the Courthouse, and marchers will step off at 11:30 a.m.