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Missouri Revenue Department cuts may be permanent

Sunday, 02 March 2014 08:08 Published in Local News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The budget cuts legislators imposed last year on the Missouri Department of Revenue likely will remain in place, even though the drivers' license controversy that sparked them has been resolved through a new law.

Lawmakers reduced the department's licensing division by $700,000 for the current budget year in an attempt to block the agency from scanning driving applicants' personal documents into a state computer.

But Governor Jay Nixon isn't asking lawmakers to restore the funding for the remainder of this budget year, nor is he asking for the funding to be placed in the state budget that begins in July.

At the time, lawmakers said funding would be restored if the agency stopped scanning the documents, which it did after Nixon signed legislation last year prohibiting the procedure.

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - The first wave of a winter storm moved through the metro area late Saturday night.

 

Freezing drizzle started falling late Saturday evening and caused slick spots on side streets, neighborhoods, and parking lots. That freezing drizzle transitioned to sleet in the early morning hours of Sunday.

 

Precipitation will return in waves Sunday. A break in the snow and sleet is expected late morning into the early afternoon before the snow ramps up. Metro St. Louis should expect mostly snow, with a mix of snow and sleet expecter further south. There could be isolated periods of heave snow late Sunday.

 

This storm will be followed up by near record cold for March. Overnight lows should at or just above zero Monday night into Tuesday morning.

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Southern Illinois University in Carbondale says it has accounted for most of the more than 250 computers that an audit noted were missing last summer.
 
The Carbondale Southern Illinoisan reports that the university's assistant provost and chief information officer says an initial search recovered 76 of the 256 computers that had been listed as missing. David Crane says another search turned up 61 more computers.
 
Crain says that most of the remaining computers were found to have been transferred to surplus.
 
A report last June by the Illinois Auditor General's Office put the value of the computers at more than $400,000. But Crain says most of them were at least a decade old and didn't carry much value.

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