UPDATE: Missouri Senate backs pay raise for state employees

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | 11:08 p.m. CDT; updated 11:32 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 24, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Tens of thousands of Missouri state employees, who rank as the lowest paid in the nation, would get a 2 percent pay raise under a proposal narrowly embraced Tuesday night by state senators.