Republican Governor Matt Blunt announced today that he's banning employees in his office from taking gifts, meals and trips from lobbyists. The new policy is not an outright ban...It includes a list of exemptions. As KSMU's Missy Shelton reports, the governor's office unveiled the new policy amid press reports of a federal investigation into driver's license fee office contracts.
A new state audit shows the state doesn't follow its own policies for monitoring offenders who are on probation and parole. The audit looked at cases from Springfield, St Louis, Kansas City, Moberly, and Cape Girardeau. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
In the early morning hours Tuesday, the Missouri Senate approved a plan for spending proceeds from the partial sale of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority or MOHELA. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
Backers of an initiative petition that would amend the constitution to include the protection of early stem cell research turned in more than 288 thousand signatures Monday. That's far more than the roughly 150 thousand signatures needed to get the issue on the November ballot. U-S Senator Jim Talent, a Republican announced his opposition to the proposal. Until Monday, he had refused to state his position. His likely democratic opponent, Missouri Auditor Claire McCaskill indicated her support for the proposal some time ago. KSMU's Missy Shelton is in Jefferson City and got reaction from state lawmakers to the petition being turned in to the Secretary of State office.
The architectural firm of Ellerbe Becket has been hired to conduct the programming phase of the JQH Arena. The decision was approved today (May 1) by the Missouri State University Board of Governors. Mike Smith has the Story:
Students at Missouri State University are trying out a new standardized test designed to assess their "digital literacy." The test is being developed by the same company that developed the S-A-T. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
Governor Matt Blunt says requiring most gasoline in the state to contain 10% ethanol is good for the environment. Blunt made the statement to reporters one day after the Senate approved the ethanol mandate. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
On Tuesday, the Missouri House gave first round approval on a near party line vote to legislation that would place restrictions on who can teach sex education. The bill also would require parents to give permission for their children to take sex education classes. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports from Jefferson City.
By a vote of 110 to 45, the Missouri House gave overwhelming support to a spending plan for the proceeds from the proposed, partial sale of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority or MOHELA. MOHELA is the quasi-governmental agency that underwrites student loans. KSMU's Missy Shelton files this reports from Jefferson City.