COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri is again turning to its top lawyer as a temporary campus leader, this time as acting Columbia campus chancellor while the search for Brady Deaton's successor continues.
University System President Tim Wolfe on Monday named general counsel Steve Owens as interim chancellor of the flagship campus. Owens was previously the interim system president before Wolfe's hiring.
Deaton is stepping down on Nov. 15 after nine years as chancellor. He will remain in Columbia as executive director of a new international development research center bearing his name.
Wolfe also appointed Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton as transition executive to help ease the next chancellor into the job. The president says that neither Owens nor Middleton is a candidate for the permanent position.
PARK HILLS, Mo. (AP) - Authorities have identified the two Park Hills volunteer firefighters charged with a string of arsons in St. Francois County.
Twenty-nine-year-old Bradley Easter and 22-year-old Dale Hamor are accused of intentionally setting six fires earlier this year. They remain at the county jail on $100,000 bonds.
The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills reports that Easter told police he drove Hamor to the scene of house fires and then picked up his colleague. The two then joined other firefighters to fight the blazes.
Last night's loss in game four means that the Cardinals cannot clinch a World Series title at Monday night's game 5. And that is having a drastic effect on ticket prices to the game.
Overnight, the price for an average ticket dropped nearly $400--from $840 to $480. There is still a huge range of prices though. Standing room only tickets on stubhub.com start at $222 and the most expensive tickets still available are behind the plate will set you back over $11,000.
The best deal in downtown tonight, the Rams game, where there are tickets available starting at $8 a seat.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn's administration wants lawmakers to approve $221 million in extra funds to spend this fiscal year. The request comes on top of the $35 billion budget the Legislature approved in May.
The Springfield Bureau of Lee Enterprises reports that a draft of the request includes $112 million to pay back wages owed to 25,000 state workers.
Another $40.5 million was requested for the Illinois Department of Corrections and $31 million for the Department of Human Services and state police to help implement the state's new concealed carry law. The state's Emergency Management Agency wants $6 million to help cover April flooding.
Lawmakers heard some spending requests during the fall session that began last week but have yet to vote on them.
Missouri State House Members, St. Louis Aldermen, economists and fast-food workers are all at St. Louis city hall today to discuss the issue of fast-food workers forced onto public assistance due to low wages.
The group is hoping some policy solutions will result from such meetings.
The hearing comes just weeks after researchers at the University of California-Berkeley released a report showing that low-wage, fast-food jobs cost Missourians nearly $150 million every year in public assistance.
The workers want that burden taken off the taxpayers and put on the shoulders of their employers. Workers want higher wages so they don't have to rely on public programs, like food stamps, to survive.
According to the UC-Berkeley report, McDonald's employees throughout the country use $1.2 billion in public assistance each year. That is the most used by employees of a fast-food chain.
The new chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court is taking office today.
Justice Rita Garman was unanimously elected by her colleagues to the seven-member court.
She is the first of the state's top jurists to serve in virtually every judicial capacity on the circuit, appellate and Supreme courts.
Garman is the 119th chief justice and the second woman to hold the post. She has been a judge since 1974 and begn her legal career with the Vermilion County Legal Aid Society.
She's replacing Justice Thomas Kilbride who served three years as chief justice. He resumes his associate justice post.
The price of a gallon of regular gas has tumbled by double-digits in St. Louis this week.
According to GasBuddy.com, the average gallon has fallen nearly 17 cents in the past week, averaging $2.94 a gallon on Sunday.
GasBuddy.com conducts daily surveys of nearly one-thousand gas outlets in St. Louis.
The national average has fallen about 6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.30 per gallon of regular.
The price per gallon in St. Louis is about 20 cents lower than the same day one year ago and about 23 cents lower than one month ago.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - After years of talking about less spending, some Missouri officials now are talking about more.
Gov. Jay Nixon suggested recently that he would like to spend hundreds of millions of additional dollars on public schools before his term ends in three years.
There may also be more money available for other programs in the next budget year.
State departments already have turned in proposed budgets for the fiscal year that starts next July. And advocates for various social services have started making funding pitches to lawmakers.
Nixon's budget director, Linda Luebbering, says revenues are looking better and there could be room to fund a few more things.
House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream also says funding increases are possible for some programs.
St. Louis Police are warning baseball fans to watch out for counterfeit World Series tickets.
Police say two men are wanted for allegedly selling counterfeit tickets to Cardinals fans in two separate incidents Saturday afternoon.
Images of both were caught by surveillance cameras downtown.
Anyone who recognizes either man is asked to call St. Louis Police at (314) 444-5627.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A Madison County Board members says it's "disgusting" that the county's ex-treasurer still collects a pension after pleading guilty to a crime.
Fred Bathon pleaded guilty eight months ago to rigging 2005-2008 tax lien auctions so his political donors could profit from inflated penalties paid by property owners.
The Belleville News-Democrat reported Sunday that the 58 year old has received more than $340,000 in pension benefits since his 2009 retirement. He was treasurer for 11 years.
Kathy O'Brien is general counsel with the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. O'Brien says that according to state law a pension is terminated at sentencing, not conviction.
Court records show Bathon's sentencing is Dec. 6.
Republican Madison County Board member Jamie Goggin says continuing to collect a pension is abusing the public.
Bathon's attorney declined comment.