Gov. Jay Nixon's administration said the layoffs are necessary under the budget cuts passed by the legislature, but the lawsuit claims that cost savings are not a legal reason to dismiss the judges.
As part of a four-year plan, the minimum teacher's salary has risen from a previous base of $18,000 to $24,000 for the 2009-2010 school year. The minimum salary for teachers with a master's degree and at least 10 years of experience has also risen.
In addition to allowing Missouri to earn more interest on its deposits, the bill also broadens the state's linked-deposit program, in which the treasurer deposits money at lower interest rates so banks can offer cheaper loans to small businesses and agricultural projects.
In 2004 more than 300 cities in Missouri sued AT&T, saying the company was not paying enough taxes by excluding certain types of revenue. The settlement, which involves the company paying back the taxes and paying them in the future, has received preliminary approval.
The north assembly plant in St. Louis county will be open for two weeks to fulfill remaining orders on the Dodge Ram pickup truck. It will then close for good on July 10.