Lawyers for Missouri's governor and auditor are battling before the state Supreme Court over the governor's power to make spending cuts.
The Supreme Court was to hear arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of about $170 million of budget cuts announced by Gov. Jay Nixon in June 2011 and challenged by Auditor Tom Schweich (schwyk). The case is an appeal of a July decision by a Cole County judge, who ruled that Nixon had a legal right to cut spending but also said that Nixon should not have been able to transfer money among various budgeted purposes.
A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate edged lower in January while the state recorded a net loss of 4,700 jobs.
Tuesday's report from the Department of Economic Development says the state's jobless rate stood at 6.5 percent in January, down one-tenth of a point from December.
The trade, transportation and utilities sector reported the largest decline in jobs with a drop of 2,700 positions. The manufacturing sector lost 1,400 jobs, and the information sector lost 1,200 jobs.
The Missouri University of Science and Technology is continuing a tradition that began in 1908 when a group of Rolla students declared that St. Patrick was the patron saint of engineers.
The St. Patrick's celebration has grown to include more than a week's worth of events. The first is from March 4 through March 7 when students will club plastic snakes with large decorative sticks called shillelaghs. On March 13, a Missouri S&T student portraying St. Pat will arrive in downtown Rolla with his court aboard the traditional manure spreader.
Missouri power companies would track costs for operations and maintenance for their next rate case under proposed state legislation.
The new tracker would be used to compare the difference between the costs factored into electric rates and the expenses actually incurred. The differences would be included in the calculation for electric rates when the utility files its next case with the Public Service Commission.
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander said that some businesses are receiving a phony letter that appears to come from his office.
Kander's office said the letter comes from an entity called Corporate Records Service. He said it falsely suggests Missouri businesses have to complete a certain form and pay a $125 fee.
Kander said the letter looks official but is not from his office. Any official correspondence from the Secretary of State's Office will contain the Missouri state seal and contact information for its Corporations Division.
A 33-year-old Sedalia man charged with killing a fellow VA hospital patient in Columbia is due back in court. Rudy Perez Jr. is charged with first-degree murder in the Feb. 1 death of 78-year-old Robert Hill of Warsaw at Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. His attorney, David Tyson Smith, says Perez is schizophrenic.
The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a measure that supporters say will help protect farmers. The proposed state constitutional amendment would prohibit laws that limit what it calls modern farming and ranching practices unless they're passed by the Legislature. The measure would add that the right to engage in modern farming and ranching practices are "forever guaranteed."
House members endorsed the measure Wednesday. It needs another vote before moving to the state Senate. If it passes the Legislature, the amendment would go to a statewide vote.