Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has won a majority of Missouri's delegates to the Republican National Convention.
Republicans meeting Saturday at their state convention in Springfield approved a slate of delegates that includes 19 people bound to support Romney and six for Rick Santorum, who has already ended his campaign.
When Saturday's results are combined with delegates chosen at congressional district conventions in April, Romney will receive a total of 31 delegates from Missouri. Santorum will receive 13, Ron Paul four and Newt Gingrich one.
Updated 12:34 p.m. with link to full report and information about 2010 data.
Black motorists are stopped by Missouri law officers at an increasingly disproportionate rate.
An annual report released Friday by the attorney general found black drivers were 72 percent more likely than white motorists to be pulled over in 2011. Black drivers were stopped 2.5 times more often than Hispanic drivers.
Missouri veterans homes are getting a significant boost as a result of new legislation establishing a dedicated source of funding.
Governor Jay Nixon attended a ceremonial bill signing at the St. Louis Veterans Home on Thursday.
Missouri currently has seven nursing homes which serve some 1,300 veterans. The legislation will allocate $32 million to the Missouri Veterans Commission annually, up from just $6.6 million, and will be paid for through per-patron fees paid by casinos.
Illinois lawmakers are scheduled to debate today a massive overhaul of the state’s pension system.
The measure’s revival was made possible last night by a surprise move from House Speaker Michael Madigan, who calls an overhaul necessary.
Madigan told Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky he regrets his role in passing an early retirement package a decade ago that added to the state’s $83 billion unfunded pension liability – and what he wants to do about it now.
Jim Mathewson (D) announced today he’s stepping down, one month after his three-year term officially expired. He was appointed chairman by Governor Jay Nixon (D) in 2009, but chose not to serve a second term in order to spend more time with his family. During his tenure, Mathewson oversaw the bidding process for the state’s 13th casino license, which eventually went to developers in Cape Girardeau.
We already know that budgets and austerity measures are controversial, especially when it concerns the pensions of public employees. Wisconsin is solid proof. But if you need another reminder of just how combustive it gets when you mix politics, unions and public employees, just take a look at this video: