Center: Michael Sam. Clockwise, from top right: Llyod Gaines, James Rollins, John Brown, Todd Akin, Jackie Robinson, the Missouri Compromise, and Dred Scott. Remember these guys at your next trivia night.
Missouri revenues have grown by slightly less than 3 percent through the first half of the state's budget year.
Figures released Thursday by the state Office of Administration show Missouri's general revenues stood at nearly $3.9 billion at the end of December. That was up more than $100 million from the same period a year earlier — a growth rate of 2.8 percent.
Missouri's 2014 fiscal year began last July and ends this coming June 30.
Missouri's unemployment rate declined in November while payrolls expanded by 15,000 jobs.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday the jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent in November from 6.5 percent in October.
The leading gainer was educational and health services, which added 5,200 jobs last month. The construction sector grew by 2,300 and professional and business services increased by 2,000 jobs. The information, leisure and hospitality sectors each declined by 200 jobs.
The past week has been a busy one for stories about national security and how the media have handled those stories. A judge rules the National Security Agency's phone records collection program is probably unconstitutional. Meanwhile, the plaintiff in that lawsuit gets into an on-air battle with a CNN anchor and analyst. 60 Minutes airs what many critics consider a puff piece on the NSA. The AP and Washington Post publish a story connecting a missing American to a rogue CIA program in Iran. And American leaker Edward Snowden gets the nod from many for "person of the year."