In Cole County, many races were uncontested. The other three Jefferson City Council members elected last night were J. Rick Mihalevich in Ward Two, Bob Scrivner in Ward Three and Carrie Carroll in Ward Four.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 140 southeast Missouri farmers over damage caused by last year's intentional breach of the Birds Point levee at the height of spring flooding.
This year's mild winter and early spring has plants flowering and putting out leaves about three weeks sooner than usual. Some insects are out early too, but that may not mean it's time to stock up on extra bug spray.
A St. Louis County State Senator will not seek re-election in the district she currently represents. Â Jane Cunningham had initially filed to run for the 7th District seat, even though the new Senate map places that district in the Kansas City area.
A group that oversees mental-health services in Boone County is considering merging into another city or county institution.Â The Boone County Mental Health Board has suffered from sporadic meeting attendance and failed attempts to create a community mental-health fund.
A House committee heard testimony Wednesday on legislation that would abolish the death penalty in Missouri.Â As St. Louis Public Radioâ€™s Marshall Griffin tells us, the bill would also commute sentences of all current Death Row inmates to â€œlife without parole."
The Missouri House has given first-round approval to the state budget for next year.Â As St. Louis Public Radioâ€™s Marshall Griffin tells us, Republican leaders pushed through their plan to restore higher education cuts proposed by Governor Jay Nixon by refusing to fund a program for blind residents.
A bust of controversial conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh--who is from Cape Girardeau--might be placed in the Hall of Famous Missourians in the state capitol building.Â This week we talk with Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley, the man leading the charge to put the bust in the Hall.
House Democrats are backing legislation they say would toughen Missouriâ€™s ethics standards.Â As Marshall Griffin tells us from Jefferson City, the bill would restore many provisions recently struck down by the State Supreme Court.