The bipartisan commission released its recommendations Thursday for overhauling Missouri's voting laws.
Missouri now allows people to vote by mail only if they meet certain conditions, such as a disability or absence from their district on election day. The commission says voters should be allowed to mail their ballots without such restrictions.
It also recommends requiring all local election authorities to establish one location where voters can cast ballots in-person beginning six weeks before election day. For presidential elections, highly-populated areas would be required to establish an additional polling place for early voting.
The 11-member commission is made up of local election authorities, attorneys and former lawmakers.
The woman's body was found inside her North County apartment this morning by a maintenance worker. Police say she had been stabbed several times. Fox 2 reports that the niece, who lives with the woman, was sitting in the apartment acting like nothing happened.
The woman has been identified as Bernice Winston of Ferguson.
Michael Wood was charged Wednesday for felony stealing. Wood, a 10-year-veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department, was serving as an officer in the North County Precinct when he resigned in November.
House Speaker Michael Madigan has scheduled a hearing for Thursday. Lawmakers are expected to vote on pension changes he is proposing.
A provision among the changes calls for penalizing retirement before age 67 with reduced benefits.
Another measure requires employees hired after January 2011 to pay an additional 5 percent toward their pensions on top of other contributions.
Riverside Democratic state Rep. Michael Zalewski says the expected votes are intended to gauge lawmakers' support for some potential reforms.
Zalewski says there's been enough talk about the changes and now is the time for legislators to actually show where they stand.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that two laboratories confirmed the presence of the fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome.
The disease was found in bats from four counties: LaSalle in north-central Illinois, Monroe in southwestern Illinois and Hardin and Pope in the far southern part of the state.
Researchers are especially concerned about the disease because bats play a crucial role in the environment.
In particular, they devour agricultural pests, saving that industry billions of dollars a year.
There is no known way to prevent the disease, which has now been detected in 20 states, most of them in the eastern U.S.
It affects seven hibernating bat species.
The Senate's 27-7 vote Thursday sends the bill to the House, where it already faces some opposition.
House Speaker Tim Jones has said senators "over-reached" by significantly lowering the amount of tax credits available for the construction of low-income housing and the renovation of historic buildings. But Jones likes provisions in the Senate bill that create new tax credits for air cargo exports, computer data centers and investors in high-tech, start-up businesses.
Gov. Jay Nixon praised the bill Thursday for containing "long-overdue reforms" to tax credits.
A similar proposal to overhaul Missouri's tax credits failed during a 2011 special session.
"That's the most below the belt claim on there," Paul said.
Last April, Paul ran on a platform opposing a TIF for a new Walmart on behalf of hundreds of residents many of whom showed up Wednesday night on his behalf.
A hearing was scheduled for March 20th to decide whether Paul should be permanently removed from office. Mayor Paul tells McGraw he expects to be impeached and then plans to ask the courts to intervene. Paul is also considering another run for Mayor.
Two Cardinals with St. Louis connections were center stage this morning as Pope Benedict said his final farewell. The Pope says he will pray for his cardinals as they choose his successor.
Cardinal-Emeritus Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, the former and 7th Archbishop of St, Louis, joined Ballwin native Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America."
George Stephanopoulos asked Rigali about speculation Dolan could be chosen to succeed Pope Benedict XVI:
"Stephanopoulos: He's on everyone's short list just about to be the pope. Rigali Well I think (Dolan laughs) we'll have to let the Holy Spirit decide that (Dolan laughs) You can see he has many virtues."
Benedict met with the cardinals as part of his final day as pontiff before retiring. Benedict promised "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor.