JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A recent decline in Missouri's casino revenues is raising questions among lawmakers about the extent to which the state can continue to rely on gambling to fund key programs.
Attendance at Missouri's 13 casinos is down almost 9 percent from last year.
Missouri relies on two sources of casino revenues. A portion of a per-patron fee is used to pay for the operations of the Missouri Veterans Commission, which oversees seven nursing homes. A state tax on casino revenues helps fund public schools.
The House has approved an additional $22 million for public schools because of the funding shortfall and lawmakers are considering a temporary funding boost to help the veterans' homes.
State officials are citing this winter's cold weather among the causes for the revenue decline.
St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - UPDATE at 1:58 PM: Chesterfield Police say missing Brendon Jette was found in the area of Clarkson and Highway 40
EARLIER:Police in West St. Louis County are hoping the public has information on a missing teen.
Brendon Jette was last seen on Tuesday evening at 6. Brendon is 14 years old, he is 5-feet 8-inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. Brendon has brown eyes and brown hair and authorities say he has Asperber's syndrome. Police do not believe there is anything criminal involved.
Anyone with information should call the Chesterfield Police at 636-537-3000.