CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard says the school has met a budget milestone.
He told The Southern Illinoisan Editorial Board on Monday that for the first time in several years SIU has been able to enter the next fiscal year with a budget equal to the previous year. University officials had been bracing for another 5 percent cut, but instead were able to convince state lawmakers to reinstate funding at the previous year's level. The school's budget will be $203 million.
Poshard also discussed enrollment. He says it's unrealistic to think the school's declining enrollment will turn around. But Poshard says he sees evidence enrollment is moving in the right direction. He says he has confidence Chancellor Rita Cheng will accomplish the task.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A central Missouri couple is concerned that a former soldier will be granted visitation or custody of the child he conceived with their 14-year-old daughter.
Pulaski County Associate Circuit Judge John Clayton is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday in the guardianship and adoption case filed by a Pulaski County couple regarding their grandson.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the girl's parents are seeking to terminate the parental rights of the father.
A military court in 2012 found the father not guilty of aggravated sexual assault, statutory rape and committing an indecent act with the couple's daughter. She became pregnant in 2010.
The father is seeking to gain custody or visitation and to change the boy's name. He says he's wants his parental rights recognized.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she is supporting a super political action committee encouraging Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016.
McCaskill is the first sitting member of Congress to endorse the group, called Ready for Hillary.
The organization does not have official ties to the former secretary of state but it's trying to lay the foundation for another Clinton campaign.
McCaskill was an early supporter of Barack Obama when he was running for president in 2008. She says it's important for supporters of Clinton to start early and build a "grassroots army from the ground up" to help the former first lady if she decides to run for president.
McCaskill was re-elected to her second term in the Senate in 2012.
One person was thrown from an SUV after the vehicle struck a pole in west St. Louis Tuesday morning.
According to police, a vehicle was traveling near the intersection of Page and Belt round 7 a.m. when it hit a traffic light.
Authorities said one person was ejected as the vehicle rolled over and ended up on its side. The victim’s condition is unknown.
Page was closed in the area as crews worked to clear the scene.
No word yet on what caused the driver to crash.