Some Missouri lawmakers want to give state education officials authority to intervene sooner to assist failing school districts.
Districts that lose state accreditation currently are given two years to improve before state education officials can step in. A push to eliminate the grace period comes shortly after the Kansas City School District became the state's third unaccredited district.
Stickers with rifle target crosshairs printed on them have been found in the office doorways of several Missouri lawmakers.
They were discovered Tuesday afternoon outside the offices of five Democratic State Senators and one Republican State Representative. The stickers were twice found outside the Capitol office of Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal of University City.
Voters who don’t have a photo ID would be required to use provisional ballots, which would be counted once their identities are correctly verified. It passed 7 to 3 on a straight party line vote, with every Republican on the House Elections Committee voting “yes” and every Democrat voting “no.” The sponsor, House Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller (R, Willard), says the bill shouldn’t be divisive.
Legislation that would change Missouri’s definition on workplace discrimination is getting attention this week on both sides of the Missouri General Assembly.
On Monday, the House version of the bill was approved by that chamber’s Workforce Development Committee. Under the bill, discrimination would have to be a motivating factor in any action taken against an employee, not a contributing factor as it is now. Democrat Sylvester Taylor of North County voted against the bill in committee.
(l-r) Lloyd Cain, Frank Crooks, and "Bud" Jones. The three Jefferson City residents are the latest Missouri World War Two veterans to be awarded France's Legion of Honor medal for their service during the war.
Three Missouri World War Two veterans have received France’s Legion of Honor medal, the highest award given by the French government for service to that country. They were recognized today at a ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol hosted by Governor Jay Nixon.
Frank Crooks, 87, is a St. Joseph native who now lives in Jefferson City. He served in the Army Air Forces as a turret gunner in a B-26 Marauder bomber. His plane was forced to make an emergency landing at a German airstrip after being hit by enemy flack over France.
Another legal challenge over Missouri's redistricting process seeks to block new districts for the 163-member state House.
In a lawsuit filed Monday, more than a dozen people, including two former lawmakers, say a new House district map violates requirements that districts be compact, contiguous and have similar populations. The plaintiffs are asking the Supreme Court to consider the case without it going before a trial court.
A panel of appellate judges drew up the map of new districts for the Missouri House after the 2010 census.
Governor Jay Nixon (D) is warning Missouri’s college administrators not to raise tuition to make up the difference in budget cuts he announced this week during his annual State of the State Address.
The governor wants to cut the state’s Higher Education budget by nearly $106 million, or 12.5 percent. During his address Tuesday he indicated that he wants universities to leave tuition levels where they are.
During final debates, State Representative Jeanette Mott Oxford (D, St. Louis) argued that limiting spending to the yearly inflation rate and population growth could make it very hard for lawmakers to address critical needs in the future.
Former Missouri House member Judy Baker has entered the Democratic race for lieutenant governor.
Baker, of Columbia, announced her candidacy Thursday while pledging to champion initiatives for seniors and veterans.
Baker served in the state House from 2005 to 2009 and lost a 2008 bid for Congress to Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer. She recently resigned from President Barack Obama's administration as a regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services.