Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City this week for the 2011 legislative session. There’ll be many new faces, thanks to term limits, along with new leaders for both the State House and Senate. And Republicans now hold a veto-proof majority in the Senate and fall only three votes short of one in the House. St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at the major issues they’ll be facing this year.
Missouri’s K-12 schools could face even tougher funding hurdles this year thanks to the slumping gaming industry.
A document provided to the Associated Press today shows Missouri’s 12 casinos were projected to generate about $372 million. That was based on the assumption that removing loss limits would generate more revenue.
A moon rock at the Ontario Science Center in Toronto, ON. A missing moon rock was found while sorting through some memorabilia of outgoing U.S. senator Kit Bond this week as he prepares to retire. (Via Flickr/bryce_edwards)
Pharmaceutical giant Express Scripts announced today that it will invest $73 million to expand its St. Louis headquarters. The construction of the company's fourth building in the area is expected to create 150 new jobs.
The scene at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado in 2008. St. Louis is said to be one of the top two potential cities to host the convention in 2012. (Flickr Creative Commons User ravedelay)
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon smiles as he delivers the annual State of the State address in the House of Represenatives chambers in the State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 20, 2010.
Looks like Governor Nixon is comfortable in the top spot in Jefferson City - he's confirmed that he'll seek re-election in 2012.
Though Nixon confirmed his intentions with a "Yea" to the Associated Press today, his campaign says he's already raised about $1 million since the Nov. 2 elections, and Nixon said he's "committed" to running, he could still follow the precedent of former Republican Gov. Matt Blunt.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon outlines how he will ask the General Assembly to reauthorize Missouri Rx, the state program that provides prescription drug assistance to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities, for five more years.