Missouri budget

Morning round-up
9:23 am
Fri May 6, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, May 6, 2011

Christopher Coleman was found guilty Thursday night in the strangling death of his wife, Sheri Coleman, and their two sons. The jury of 10 women and two men will now decide if Coleman should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty.
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After Guilty Verdict, Jury Will Now Decide Coleman's Punishment

The jury that convicted Christopher Coleman in the murder of his wife and sons now must decide whether he’s eligible for the death penalty.

Jurors deliberated for nearly 15 hours over two days before finding the 34-year-old Coleman guilty of three counts of first-degree murder Thursday evening. Thirty-one-year-old Sheri Coleman and the couple's 9- and 11-year-old sons were strangled in their Columbia home in May 2009.

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State budget
4:18 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Mo. budget goes to Gov. Nixon's desk

The operating budget for the 2012 fiscal year is in the hands of Gov. Jay Nixon, shown here making his 2011 State of the State address, at which he also outlined his budget plans.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The $23 billion operating budget for the state of Missouri is on its way to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

Lawmakers in both chambers gave final approval to the package of bills this afternoon.

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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Thu May 5, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, May 5, 2011

Two years ago today, Sheri Coleman and her two sons were killed in their Columbia, Ill home. Today, jurors deliberate in the trial of her husband Christopher Coleman, who stands accused in their deaths.
SLPRnews

On Second Anniversary of Murders, Coleman Jury Deliberates

The jurors in the Christopher Coleman triple murder trial will begin a second day of deliberations. Coleman, a former Marine, is accused of strangling his wife and two sons in order to advance a love affair and protect his job working for Joyce Meyer Ministries.

Jurors began deliberating Wednesday, Day 8 of the trial. The defense opened their case Wednesday morning and called two witnesses: a handwriting expert and a forensic linguist.

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Missouri Budget
12:02 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Mo. budget stalled on education, social services

An interior view of the dome at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/jennlynndesign)

Will be updated.

Funding for education is being pitted against aid to the elderly and disabled as Missouri lawmakers attempt to negotiate a final version of the state budget.

Negotiations stalled shortly after they started Monday because of a disagreement among House and Senate members about how much Missouri can afford to spend in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

At issue are the amounts of money going toward public school busing, colleges and universities, in-home care providers for the disabled and prescription drug aid for seniors and the disabled.

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Morning round-up
9:29 am
Mon May 2, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, May 2, 2011

People gather at Ground Zero in New York, NY. Sunday night to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden.
bkusler/Flickr

Osama bin Laden is Dead

Missouri lawmakers are reacting to the news that the mastermind of 9-11 has been killed by US Forces. In a statement, Republican Senator Roy Blunt calls Osama bin Laden’s death a major victory for America. Missouri’s Democratic Senator, Claire McCaskill, calls bin Laden’s death quote “justice delivered.”

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Morning round-up
9:28 am
Mon March 21, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, March 21, 2011

The dome of the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/jimbowen0306)
  • Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer says he is looking for around $500 million of savings in the state budget over the next several years. Missouri's Legislature is not in session this week because of its annual spring break. But Mayer says he nonetheless will be meeting with Senate budget-writing staff to try to identify changes that can save the state money. Mayer is a former chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He gave little indication of what he is looking to cut. But Mayer did note that a gubernatorial commission has identified potential savings by restructuring and paring back the state's tax credits. Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey says the chamber is expected to take up a package of tax credit changes when lawmakers return from their break.

  • University of Missouri curators head to Rolla to determine the qualifications for the system's next president. The two-day meeting beginning Monday at Missouri University of Science and Technology follows several statewide public forums by a 20-member advisory panel that will help curators choose the new president. Curators are looking to replace Gary Forsee, who retired in January to care for his ill wife. Former general counsel Steve Owens is the interim president but is not interested in the permanent job. Campus leaders expect the presidential search to last most of this year. Curators will craft a statement on the desired qualifications of the four-campus system's next leader based in part on public comments from the statewide meetings.

  • The state of Illinois' decision to eliminate the death penalty means about three dozen state employees will soon be out of work. The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports that State Appellate Defender Michael Pelletier began notifying about 37 employees in his office on Friday that their jobs are being eliminated. That's because Gov. Pat Quinn abolished the death penalty earlier this month and commuted the sentences of the 15 men on death row. Most of the employees being cut are lawyers who handled death penalty cases. The reduction will save about $4.7 million.

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State of Missouri Finances
12:55 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Mo. finances up, but cuts remain

Figures from the Mo. state treasurer's office show Missouri's general revenue fund was up 57 percent from the previous year. (via Flickr/yomanimus)

Missouri's finances are improving, but Gov. Jay Nixon's administration remains reluctant to reverse spending cuts affecting public schools, college scholarships and other services.

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State of the State
1:41 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Nixon sets State of State for Jan. 19

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon announced the date of his annual State of the State address today. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to deliver his annual State of the State speech on Jan. 19.

The speech is given each year in the House chamber before a joint legislative session. Governors use the speech to outline their priorities, highlight past polices and present their proposed state budget.

Policymakers estimate that Missouri is facing a $500 million budget deficit.

Nixon's speech is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Read last year's state of the state address here for some perspective on where Missouri was on the issues a year ago.

Monday headlines
8:19 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Morning headlines: Ste. Genevieve soldier killed, Chuck Berry collapses, Mo. Mental Health Dept.'s excessive overtime, Mo. schools preparing for cuts

Chuck Berry performs at a free concert at Kiener Plaza in July. The rock-and-roll legend is on the mend after collapsing on stage in Chicago on Saturday.
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)
  • A funeral is scheduled for Thursday for a soldier from Ste. Genevieve who died in Afghanistan. 25 year-old Sgt. Michael J. Beckerman was assigned to the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. The army says he died Dec. 31 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wound suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvsed explosive device. Beckerman arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2010. He joined the Army in September 2004.
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