Here are some of today's top stories in Missouri and around the world:
Missouri | Constitutional spending limit endorsed
The Missouri House of Representatives today voted in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit how much state government spending could increase in a year. The 105-54 vote sent the proposed amendment to the state Senate. According to The Associated Press, the amendment would cap spending increases at the rate of population growth plus inflation plus 1.5 percent. Any additional revenue collected would be used to pay down the state's debt or would be returned to taxpayers.
UM System | Missouri S&T's new chancellor selected
Cheryl B. Schrader has been chosen as the new chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. Schrader, the university's first female chancellor, is a former dean of engineering at Boise State University in Idaho, according to AP. Schrader is replacing John "Jack" Carney III, Missouri S&T's chancellor for six years. While Carney was chancellor, Missouri S&T changed its name from University of Missouri-Rolla.
Education | Apple starts selling interactive textbooks
Apple today began selling high school textbooks for its iPad tablet computer. According to AP, the textbooks — which include such titles as "Biology," "Chemistry" and "Algebra I" from major publishers including Pearson and McGraw-Hill — will sell for $15 or less. While the textbooks themselves would be less expensive than paper versions, schools or students would have to pay $499 or more for each iPad 2. Apple did not announce any plans to reduce the cost of the tablets for students or schools. AP has details in a video report:
Climate change | 2011 was 11th-warmest year on record
Last year was the 11th-hottest year on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported today. At 57.9 degrees Fahrenheit, the average global temperature was warmer than it was every year in the 20th century except 1998. The planet was cooled somewhat by a La Nina pattern in the Pacific Ocean. In the U.S., a record 58 percent of the country had either extreme rainfall or severe drought, according to AP.
More top headlines
Texas Gov. Rick Perry ended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. President Barack Obama visited Walt Disney World in Florida to promote U.S. tourism. Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. AP has details in a video report: