ST. LOUIS (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton is hosting more than 1,000 college student leaders from across the nation and abroad this weekend at Washington University in St. Louis.
The Clinton Global Initiative University is an outgrowth of the former president's philanthropic foundation.
Featured speakers are to include Chelsea Clinton, the ex-president's daughter: television host Stephen Colbert; actress Jada Pinkett Smith; and Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, a St. Louis native.
Student participants are required to make "Commitments to Action" that involve community projects focusing on education, the environment, human rights, poverty and public health.
The three-day conference begins Friday night and includes a Sunday service project at Gateway STEM High School.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - State auditors say the Illinois Department of Natural Resources didn't employ enough mine-safety inspectors the past two years to comply with state law.
An Illinois Auditor General's report released Thursday says the department had 10 inspectors for more than 40 mines. The state Coal Mining Act calls for at least 16 inspectors.
A spokesman for the department was not immediately available to comment on the audit.
Phil Smith is a spokesman for the United Mineworkers of America. He said many of the state and federal agencies responsible for mine safety lack the money to do their jobs.
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration says one miner died on the job in Illinois over those two years. Another miner died this year.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would ensure that pharmacies could refuse to stock certain prescription drugs, such as emergency contraception.
The legislation passed the Senate by a 24-9 vote Thursday and now heads to the House.
Sponsoring Sen. David Sater is a Republican pharmacist from southwest Missouri who describes the legislation a business freedom issue. Sater says some states have mandated that birth control or emergency contraception be stocked by pharmacies. But he says a pharmacy - like a clothing store - should be free to sell what it chooses.
The bill was opposed by some Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Jolie Justus, of Kansas City, cited concerns the bill could be used to limit access to birth control.
A man was found shot in South County this afternoon.
Police say the man was found around 12:30 on Old English Road near the River Des Peres. The victim was taken to the hospital in unknown condition.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering flags to be flown at half-staff at state buildings in Boone County and at corrections facilities across the state in honor of the slain Colorado prison director.
Tom Clements, 58, was a Missouri corrections official for over three decades before taking the top prisons job in Colorado. He was shot and killed at his Colorado home March 19.
He oversaw Missouri's 21 adult correctional facilities before he left to take the top Colorado job in 2011.
While working for the Missouri prison system, Clements lived in Columbia. State of Missouri and U.S. flags will fly at half-staff on Friday until sunset. A 4 p.m. memorial service is scheduled for Friday at Woodcrest Chapel in Columbia.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - People who fraudulently sign petitions for ballot initiatives could face stiffer penalties under legislation passed by the Missouri Senate.
Senators voted 30-3 Thursday for a bill that would make petition signature fraud a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of between $1,000 and $25,000.
Violators currently can face a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The legislation now goes to the House.
The proposed criminal charges also could cover petition circulators who use trickery to obtain signatures or who knowingly submit forms with false signatures.
Charges also could be filed against those who hire petition circulators and should have known that the circulators were committing fraud.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed change to the state's Constitution designed to strengthen gun rights.
The amendment would declare gun rights "unalienable" and compel elected officials in Missouri to defend against any infringement on the right to bear arms. It would also allow people to use firearms in defense of their families.
Senators voted 29-2 Thursday to send the measure to the House. It is sponsored by Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia. Missouri voters would need to sign off on the constitutional change if the measure passes the House.
The gun amendment is SJR14
St. Louis County’s Workforce Development director says he resigned under pressure after he extended a business trip for two days to attend President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Gene Gordon had attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in January. He stayed in Washington an extra three nights to attend the inaugural ceremony on Jan. 21.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Gordon initially included the additional cost on his county expense report, but by February 7th had charged the additional hotel costs to his own credit card. He also gave the county a check to cover additional cab and airfare.
Gordon told the paper he quit after objections were raised over his handling of the expenses because he didn't want to "get political."
A metro-east state senator says he'll file legislation to have the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees disbanded.
Alton Senator Bill Haine says the governor needs to start over after board member Roger Herrin tried to have himself appointed as chairman.
Yesterday's board meeting in Carbondale ended early when trustee Marquita Wiley of Belleville and SIU-Edwardsville student trustee David Hamilton walked out in protest. The two objected to the election of officers, saying no chair should be chosen until Governor Quinn and the Illinois Senate fill three vacant board seats.
The walkout effectively stopped Herrin's election, because with only five seats currently filled, Wiley and Hamilton's absences meant the board didn't have a quorum.
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Historic, cast iron signs that once stood outside the oldest cemetery in a southwestern Illinois community are being donated to the Collinsville Historical Museum.
The 100 year old signs were added to Glenwood Cemetery in 1913, but removed in the 1960s.
Now they'll be displayed in the museum, which received them this week.
Museum officials say they're trying to figure out how to hang the rusted and dirty signs that were once black with white lettering.
Glenwood is Collinsville's oldest cemetery and was created by William Collins, who founded the city.