A report from the Missouri auditor confirms that a state fund for disabled workers is insolvent.
State Auditor Tom Schweich said Friday that Missouri's Second Injury Fund had barely $3 million as of the end of 2012 but had unpaid obligations of $28 million.
The fund covers workers' compensation claims for employees who have previous injuries or disabilities and then suffer a new job-related injury. Auditors and financial analysts have warned for several years that the fund was on a path toward insolvency. But lawmakers have done nothing to address it.
Governor Jay Nixon says lengthening the school days in Missouri from 174 to 180, brining Missouri in line with the national average, will better prepare our students for careers and college.
Speaking this morning at John Thomas School of Discovery, part of the Nixa school district in southwest Missouri, the governor says the amount of school days in the state rank fourth fewest in the U.S.
Nixon also called for opening the doors of higher education for every Missouri student and increased funding for preschool education programs.
A Catholic parish in eastern Missouri is mourning the theft of relics brought to the church from Rome more than a half-century ago.
KSDK-TV reports that nine relics were stolen from Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church sometime around Christmas. The relics were present around the time of Christmas masses, but cleaning crews noticed they were missing on Jan. 4.
St. Louis leaders are taking a tough approach to stop people from asking for money at exit ramps.
Director of Human Services Bill Siedhoff told KMOX Radio that some are so aggressive that drivers are intimidated. He says some drivers have changed their routes to avoid the ramps such as one at Interstate 64 and 14th Street.
To address the problem, the city has put up "no begging" signs at 25 locations and plans another two dozen.
Public schools could receive state money for preschool programs under a new proposal by a Missouri senator. But budget concerns could diminish its prospects of passage.
Sen. Joseph Keaveny filed two bills Thursday that would fund preschool programs through the state formula that already distributes money for K-12 education. One version would provide state aid for all preschool students; the other would pay only for lower income students.
Republican Senate leaders said Thursday that they like Keaveny's idea but it's unlikely the state can afford it.