Aide who handled Schock’s travel testifies before grand jury

(KTRS) Former U.S. Rep Aaron Schock’s executive assistant testified before a federal grand jury investigating allegations of improper spending by the onetime rising Republican star. Sarah Rogers was in Springfield’s federal building for a total of five hours Wednesday. But her attorney, Bill Coffield, says she did not testify the entire time. Prosecutors began reviewing…

Missouri Higher Education commissioner announces retirement

( KTRS ) A top Missouri higher education official says he’s retiring next year. Higher Education Commissioner David Russell on Wednesday announced plans to leave the position Jan. 1. Russell replaced former Commissioner Robert Stein upon his retirement in 2010. The 67-year-old Russell leads the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. Among the board’s responsibilities are…

MoDOT wants ideas for improvements to Interstate 70

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Facing limited funding and a cross-state highway in need of improvements, the Missouri Department of Transportation is asking for suggestions from the public on ways to turn Interstate 70 into a “highway of the future.” Stephen Miller, chairman of the Missouri State Highways and Transportation Commission, said Wednesday the transportation…

Tamms prison likely to remain closed

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Little support seems to exist for reopening a super-maximum prison in southern Illinois that has been closed for more than two years. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports (http://bit.ly/1KedlNW) the notorious Tamms prison remains shut down despite an effort from at least one Illinois lawmaker to push Illinois Gov. Bruce…

Services held for slain Illinois college student

TROY, Ill. (AP) – Farmily and friends have said goodbye to a Southern Illinois University student who police say was killed while trying to sell his sports car advertised on Craigslist. A funeral Mass for 19-year-old Taylor Clark of St. Jacob, Illinois, was held Tuesday at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Troy, followed by burial…

Missouri Senate Republicans force passage of right to work

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Senate Republicans have used a rare procedural motion to shut down debate and pass a “right-to-work” measure. The Senate voted 21-13 Tuesday to approve a bill that prohibits workplace contracts in which union fees are collected from non-members. The bill now goes back to the House, which had passed…

Missouri lawmaker says he helps others hide lobbyist gifts

(KTRS) An ethics complaint has been filed against a Missouri House member who says he has helped other lawmakers hide lobbyist gifts from required public reporting. Liberal advocacy group Progress Missouri’s executive director Sean Nicholson says that he filed a complaint against Republican Rep. Craig Redmon of Canton. Lobbyists are required to publicly report meals…