The Air Force's top civilian official spent Tuesday morning at Scott Air Force Base with Illinois' political leaders.
U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk were among the officials who showed Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James around the Metro East military installation. It was the first time James visited the base since being confirmed by the U.S. Senate late last year. Illinois Lt. Gov. Shelia Simon, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern and Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan were also on hand for James' visit.
The latest campaign-finance reports show Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat running for governor in 2016, handily outpacing his potential Republican rivals when it comes to raising money – and banking it.
In reports due today, Koster had raised $539,364 so far this calendar year and had amassed just over $2 million in the bank.
That compares to $251,596 that state Auditor Tom Schweich reported raising since Jan. 1, with a bank account totaling $834,747 as of March 31.
April 15 is a special day -- especially for those of us who toil professionally in the tax vineyards. After 40 years, I am still amazed at the breadth and scope of our enormous body of tax law. I also never fail to be amazed and amused by all of the odd, even thigh-slappingly funny, provisions that have wormed themselves into our federal tax law. Here are a few Internal Revenue Code oddities.
Music festivals in downtown St. Louis on the scale of Lollapalooza are about to become a reality.
The city's Board of Aldermen on Monday approved the measure that sets aside Memorial and Labor Day weekends for the music festivals. Mayor Francis Slay is expected to sign the bill and as soon as he does, Los Angeles-based ICM Partners can start negotiating for talent and financing.
Johnson County District Attorney said Monday that Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as F. Glenn Miller, could be charged with murder as early as Tuesday. In addition to state charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said that Cross could also face federal hate crimes charges, but those will be taken to a grand jury. Authorities said that their investigation was focused on Cross and they were not seeking any other suspects.
With roughly a month left to go before adjournment, many of the Missouri General Assembly’s big issues remain unresolved.
That’s not too surprising. Big-ticket legislation often passes – or dies -- in the last weeks of the session. With about a month to go before the final gavel falls, legislation dealing with tax cuts, the state’s criminal code and the student transfer situation are all still up in the air.
The resolution of some conflicts could hinge on unity from Republicans who control the legislature, while others may fall along less predictable fault lines.
Gov. Jay Nixon says he's wary about signing a wholesale revision of the state’s criminal code.
For the past few years, the state’s legal community has made overhauling the code a major priority. The legislation being considered by the Missouri General Assembly reassesses punishments for certain crimes, including eliminating jail time for some misdemeanors.
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