JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri has used a state budget reserve fund to improve its cash flow.
The Office of Administration reported that $175 million was borrowed from the Budget Reserve Fund in March. The state now has used $375 million during the current year. All the money will be repaid by May 15.
Budget Director Linda Luebbering said Tuesday the state regularly uses the reserve fund during March. She says those who receive tax refunds frequently file faster than those who owe additional taxes.
Officials also reported Tuesday that state revenues through the first three-quarters of the fiscal year have increased 8.3 percent compared with last year.
Individual tax collections are up about 5.3 percent and corporate income taxes are up 4.3 percent. Sales taxes are up less than 1 percent.
MELROSE PARK, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says the focus of his upcoming trip to Mexico is jobs and increasing trade and Illinois tourism.
The Chicago Democrat departs tomorrow for the three-day trip. He'll be the first Illinois governor to visit Mexico in 13 years.
His meetings will focus on water treatment and technology in Mexico for Illinois companies.
He'll also meet with Mexico's secretary of agriculture, mayors and state governors.
Quinn told reporters Tuesday that Illinois and Mexico have many ties and it's important to strengthen them.
The delegation will include representatives from Motorola Solutions, GSG Consultants and Elan Technologies.
Quinn says he's paying his own way for the trip through his campaign fund.
BENTON, Mo. (AP) - Two southeast Missouri teenagers missing since Saturday have been found in Mississippi.
The Southeast Missourian reports that 16-year-old Tyler Austin Crider and 15-year-old Hailey Nicole Haynes were found by police near Lexington, Miss., on Tuesday after the pickup truck they were in experienced trouble.
Scott County, Mo., Sheriff Rick Walter says the parents have been notified and were traveling to Mississippi to pick up the teens.
The teens left sometime after 10 p.m. Saturday. Tyler was staying at his grandparents' home near Sikeston at the time. His mother says he left a note on his pillow, then took a pickup truck registered to his grandparents and camping gear.
Hailey lives near Sikeston. Her mother says she left a note, too. Authorities believe Tyler picked her up.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Department of Revenue has complied with a Senate subpoena and delivered thousands of documents relating to new driver's license procedures.
The Republican-led Senate requested the documents over concerns that license applicants' personal documents scanned into a state computer system are shared with the federal government or a private company.
Revenue Department officials have denied that they are sharing copies of personal documents, such as concealed weapons endorsements and birth certificates.
The documents were delivered Tuesday to Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, roughly an hour before the 4 p.m. subpoena deadline.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gay rights advocates say Sen. Mark Kirk's announcement that he supports gay marriage is "a sign of progress."
Kirk posted a statement on his blog Tuesday saying same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. He says what matters in life is who you love and "government has no place in the middle."
He is the second Republican in the U.S. Senate to back same-sex marriage.
Rick Garcia is director of the Equal Marriage Illinois Project. He says momentum is growing for marriage equality, especially among Republicans.
Opponents like Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute disagree. Higgins says Kirk and other Republicans who back gay marriage are contributing to the destruction of marriage and diminished religious liberty.
Police have released a person of interest in the case of a woman found dead in south St. Louis Sunday morning.
Police found 47-year-old Aretha Robinson in the alley behind the 2200 block of South Jefferson. The coroner determined Robinson was strangled. Officers picked up a person of interest, but have released the person without filing charges.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - An organization that analyzes Missouri financial issues has begun running a radio ad against legislation that would cut state income taxes while raising the sales tax.
The Missouri Budget Project said Tuesday that this marks the first time in its 10-year history that the St. Louis-based nonprofit has paid for ads against a policy proposal.
The ad targets legislation scheduled for a House committee hearing Tuesday that would cut income taxes by three-quarters of a percentage point while increasing the sales tax by a half cent. The bill already has passed the Senate.
The Budget Project claims the measure could reduce state revenues by $960 million annually once fully implemented. Other legislative estimates have put the cost at almost half that amount.
There is a new official 10 Most Wanted in St. Louis city.
The St. Louis Police Department released the list today. Four of the most wanted have already been captured. The remaining six are wanted for crimes ranging from Burglary to probation violations.
You can take a look at the mugshots of the most wanted here. (Link courtesy of Fox 2 News)
CHICAGO (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois says he supports same-sex marriage.
Kirk said in a post on his blog Tuesday that same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. He says what matters in life is who you love and "government has no place in the middle."
Kirk previously voted to end the policy barring gays from openly serving in the military, known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." He's a lead co-sponsor of a bill to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, and has opposed a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
Kirk is Illinois' ranking Republican lawmaker.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Police in St. Louis are searching for five men after a woman was killed during a robbery.
The crime happened Monday night. Police say 39-year-old Glenda Jackson and two others were robbed at gunpoint by five assailants. One of the suspects shot Jackson in the chest as she tried to take back the stolen property.
The suspects ran from the scene. Jackson was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.