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  • Illinois school funding still in limbo

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois school funding fight will likely drag on for another week.  House members came back to work today, but did not try to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of a school funding makeover known as Senate Bill 1. The senate overrode that veto on Sunday. But an override in the house requires a three-fifths majority vote. It’s unclear whether there are enough republicans willing to vote with the democrats.

  • Winning million-dollar Powerball ticket sold in Raymond, Illinois

    RAYMOND, Ill. – The Illinois Lottery announced that a gas station in a small central Illinois town sold a $1 million Powerball ticket over the weekend. The purchaser of a ticket at the West End Food Mart matched 5 of the 6 numbers in Saturday’s drawing, missing only the Powerball. Lottery officials said the Land of Lincoln’s newest millionaire has yet to come forward. In Raymond, population 950, it seems there is about a 1 in a 1,000 chance somebody in […]

  • Dozens of dogs taken from hoarder in southwest Missouri

    ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Humane Society is now taking care of more than two dozen dogs found in a hoarder’s house in Newton County, Missouri. Officials say it’s some of the worst abuse they’ve ever seen. The Humane Society’s Animal Cruelty Task Force is based in St. Louis, but it does work all across the state. The dogs, 20 adults and 6 puppies, had a long ride from Seneca, Missouri which is on the Oklahoma state line near Joplin. […]

  • Express Scripts and Operation Food Search team to get children ready for school

    FERGUSON – Most back-to-school events in St. Louis this week focus on filling backpacks, but an event in Ferguson Monday was all about filling stomachs. Rep. Cora Faith Walker, D-Ferguson, teamed up with Express Scripts, Operation Food Search and other local non-profits for a “pop-up” food pantry. The event was held at the Emerson Family YMCA. “As kids get ready to go back let’s make sure they have full bellies along with their full backpacks so they can really be ready […]

  • School funding bill reached Gov. Rauner’s desk

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner promised “swift action” after lawmakers met a deadline to get a school funding plan on his desk Monday. Without a plan in place, the state cannot pay local districts that are expected to start classes in a few weeks. When Illinois lawmakers reached a budget agreement weeks ago, funding for schools was tied to passing a new school funding plan. The plan, Senate Bill 1, is a complete re-write of how the state […]

  • Illinois lawmakers struggling to fund schools for the fall

    SPRINGFIELD, IL. – Illinois lawmakers returned to the Capitol Wednesday to battle another crisis. In the second special session of this summer, lawmakers are trying to ensure schools will be able to open on time. When lawmakers reached a budget agreement to end a two-year impasse a few weeks ago, it made school funding for the year contingent upon passing an education funding bill known as Senate Bill 1. The bill re-writes the formula for distributing money to schools, using an “evidence-based” method. SB 1 has […]

  • Missouri Senate sends governor new abortion regulations

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Senate passed new abortion restrictions Tuesday, bringing a week’s long special session to an end. Gov. Eric Greitens had called the special session back in June after a federal judge threw out some Missouri abortion restrictions in April. The Senate’s Republican majority ended a filibuster by Democrats and sent Senate Bill 5 to Gov. Eric Greitens desk. The measure had not been debated for weeks as lawmakers tended to their regular work back in […]

  • Budget impasse has Illinois facing junk bond status

    SPRINGFIELD, IL – The major Wall Street credit rating agencies say buying Illinois bonds could soon be like buying junk. If a budget is not passed by the end of this week, Illinois is in danger of becoming the first state in the nation’s history with a junk bond status. That increases the cost of borrowing, only making it more difficult to dig out of a hole. It seems each day this week, there are warnings of a new consequence […]

  • Missouri lawmakers at capitol for special session react to congressional shooting

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR) – Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, gathered together for the special Missouri legislative session, are reacting to the news of the shooting. The reaction in Jefferson City is much like the rest of the country. Lawmakers say they’re troubled by the incident and concerned about the relationship between public officials and constituents, especially that this happened at a bipartisan event, much like the charity softball game Missouri lawmakers play every April. Last fall, Missouri […]

  • Missouri legislature moves forward on abortion session, while senators call for investigation of Gov. Greitens

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri lawmakers took their first steps toward passing new abortion regulations Tuesday. Governor Eric Greitens called lawmakers back for a special session for a second time this year to discuss the topic. The governor asked lawmakers to tackle what Pro-Life advocates see as two issues: a St. Louis city ordinance banning discrimination based on reproductive health decisions and a federal judge’s April ruling throwing out some Missouri abortion restrictions. A senate committee heard a bill today […]

  • Franklin County Commission wants a dam on the Meramec River to hold back flood waters

    UNION, MO (KPLR) – A Franklin County Commissioner wants to revive a plan to build a wall to hold back water in the Meramec River basin. The banks of the Bourbeuse River are back behind that tree line behind me, but a few weeks ago the water got about this high at its peak in the parking lot of the Dickey Bub Farm supply store. The Army Corps of Engineers in the past has studied a way to tame this […]

  • Unless Missouri Senate acts quickly, residents may need passport when flying

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR) – Missouri senators debated but ultimately tabled a plan Tuesday to issue “Real ID” compliant driver’s licenses to residents. Missouri is one of four states not in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act, and if the problem is not fixed, Missourians will need a passport to board domestic flights in 2018. Missourians who want to go onto a military installation are already dealing with this issue. Congress passed the REAL ID Act as a security […]