The Missouri Senate rejected a recommendation to increase the salaries of state legislators, state officials and judges by a 32-1 vote. The current economy and recent lay-offs across the state influenced the state Senate's decision.
Homeless counts are expected to increase this year, however the surveys across the state are expected to be difficult because of the recent strings of harsh weather.
Hypothermia victim Greg Gerling was found Wednesday morning in the woods without shoes or a coat.
The Senate voted 32-1 on Thursday to reject pay raises that had been recommended by a citizens' commission. The House turned down the pay raises earlier this week 129-31. Both votes easily exceeded the two-thirds majority required by the Missouri Constitution to reject the salary plan of the commission.
A public defender will represent the accused, who is being held in the Cass County jail. The charges against the father include second-degree murder and two counts of incest. His court date has not been set.
The caller claims to be from a company called Card Services and asks people to enter their credit card numbers to see if they qualify for a better rate.
Tuesday's ice storm that hit southeast Missouri knocked out power and heat for thousands of customers. AmerenUE expects power to be fully restored by the middle of next week. The company has brought in trailers for those who need a warm place to stay.
Lawmakers cited the economy as reason for voting against pay raises. A citizens' commission had suggested pay raises for judges, legislators and statewide elected officials. Both the House and Senate votes easily cleared the two-thirds requirement for rejecting the commission's salary plan.
Sharon Sabla, 57, was found dead Nov. 15. A probable cause statement said her husband, Horst Gunter Sabla, admitted to shooting her and encasing her body. He will be tried for first-degree murder.
A public defender will represent the accused, who is being held in the Cass County jail. The charges against the father include second-degree murder and two counts of incest, among others. His court date has not been set.
The count of homes and businesses without electricity rose on Wednesday with the addition of 25,000 outages.
The governor said 1,300 state jobs would have to be cut and 50 programs would have to be trimmed or eliminated to balance the budget.
He also made suggestions for how the University of Missouri should spend its money.
The University of Missouri System claims Galen Suppes, a chemical engineering professor, won't release the rights to more than 30 inventions and 11 potential patents it says were developed in his labs at MU.
A state Senate committee charged with overseeing the receipt of federal stimulus funds discussed a wide range of issues Wednesday surrounding the $809.2 million in federal relief that Gov. Jay Nixon has included in his budget proposal for fiscal year 2010.
More than 30 capital improvement projects funded by the 2007 sale of MOHELA's assets are being suspended or reviewed because of insufficient capital within the loan agency.
Those in favor of closing some records say doing so will protect the reputation of police officers who haven't done anything wrong, while others fear police departments could get away without being held accountable in more serious situations.
Former Missouri Representative Kenny Hulshof will joining the Kansas City-based law firm of Polsinelli Shugart PC on Sunday . He will specialize in public policy-related issues.
In her State of the Judiciary address, Missouri Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith urged lawmakers to increase spending for the state's public defender system, whch ranks last in the nation in terms of per capita funding.
About 100,000 power outages were reported in the aftermath of a two-day winter storm, which also was blamed for six deaths.