Governors Jay Nixon and Rick Perry gave no ground in their opinion of the Texas Governor's advertising campaign aimed at luring Missouri business to the Lone Star State. The two joined McGraw this morning with both firmly committed to their point of view. Governor Nixon says Texas is simply poaching business, while Rick Perry says it's merely competition in a very competitive arena. Perry also contends that $40-million in business leaves Missouri for Texas every year, although he could not name any of the businesses. Nixon contests that figure and says the bottom line is that states should be competing against the world for a piece of the economic pie, not slicing into each other's portion. Watch the full interviews below.
The Boonville School District is standing by its superintendent following an investigation into the rodeo clown incident. The investigation by the district clears Dr. Mark Ficken of any wrongdoing stemming from the incident at the Missouri State Fair earlier this month. The report, prepared by a former Missouri Public Schools Superintendent and a former Missouri Attorney General, says Dr. Ficken was incorrectly credited as the man making disparaging remarks about President Obama, when in fact, they say, it was a rodeo clown.
Yet another St. Louis County Police board member is resigning amid an FBI investigation of a crime lab construction contract. This time it's police board secretary Raymond Wagner who will be stepping down. Wagner announced at a meeting today that he would be stepping down at the end of next month. This marks the third police board resignation in two weeks, after Chairman Gregory Sansone and Floyd Warman stepped down after federal investigators started looking into a $3.7 million dollar subcontract. The deal was for Sansone’s company to work on a new crime lab. Ray Wagner by the way is the husband of US Representative Ann Wager. He says he's leaving for unspecified personal and business obligations.