A new report says Missouri's March unemployment rate fell by three-tenths of a point to 9.1 percent.
Monday's report from the state Department of Economics also says Missouri employers added a net of more than 24,000 jobs last month.
The hospitality and leisure sector had the biggest gain, adding about 6,300 jobs, while retailers added 5,800 jobs. Other notable increases were construction, with 4,200 jobs added, and business and professional services, up by 2,700 jobs.
Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is firing back at accusations by Democrats that he’s using taxpayer money to fund an “extravagant lifestyle.”
The Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that the Republican Lt. Governor had charged taxpayers $35,050 for hotel stays in the St. Louis area over the past five years, while attending political and sporting events, parties, and a wedding.
An effort to cap campaign contributions to candidates in Missouri has moved one step forward.
The secretary of state's office on Friday approved a summary for a proposed ballot measure. That clears the way for supporters to begin collecting the more than 91,000 signatures needed to put the question to voters in 2012.
The proposal would bar candidates from accepting more than $5,000 per donor for each election.
Missouri's campaign finance laws have undergone numerous makeovers in recent years.
With lower state taxes on gasoline, among others, Missouri is easily undercutting its border mate, Illinois, when it comes to the price to fill up.
One of the cardinal rules about interstate travel through the Midwest: "gas up before you hit Illinois." Illinois levies a hefty 42 cents per gallon tax on gasoline, among the highest gas taxes in the country.