The prospective hiring of a retired Army psychologist who has faced abuse accusations at the Guantanamo Bay military prison is drawing protests at MU today.
The mid-Missouri chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation has scheduled an afternoon protest outside Hill Hall. That's home to the College of Education, which has selected Larry James as one of two finalists for a top leadership job.
A Missouri Senate committee has heard testimony on legislation aimed at strengthening the state's open meetings and records law.
Sponsoring Sen. Kurt Schaefer said during a hearing Wednesday one significant change focuses on complaints about violations.
Schaefer says current law puts the burden on complainants to show that a violation occurred. His legislation would require the governmental body to prove during legal proceedings that a meeting, record or vote was properly closed.
A Missouri Senate committee is considering whether to renew security exemptions to the state's open records law while requiring more advance notice of public meetings.
Two exemptions expired this year. One covered operational guidelines and policies developed by law enforcement and others for preventing and responding to terrorism. The other dealt with security systems and structural plans for property owned or leased by government agencies.
The Senate measure would renew the exemptions through 2017.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon wants to expand subsidized child care to more than 2,800 children whose parents are gradually moving up the pay scale at work.
Nixon's proposed budget includes a $6.3 million funding increase for what's described as "transitional child care." The money would allow low-income parents who get raises to continue receiving a reduced child care subsidy instead of losing the aid altogether.