JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation that seeks to set up scholarships to help special-needs children get services from private facilities or other public schools.
The measure requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to seek grants and donations to be used for the scholarships. The measure, called "Bryce's Law," is named after the 6-year-old autistic grandson of the legislation's sponsor, House member Dwight Scharnhorst. Bryce died of epilepsy in 2007.
Initially, the proposal was for a voucher-like initiative that would offer state tax credits for charitable contributions to provide scholarships for children to attend private centers. The revised version was added to a broader education measure this year.
Nixon signed the legislation Thursday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's final tab has come in from a disastrous 2011 that included the Joplin tornado and widespread flooding. The costs are a lot less than what Gov. Jay Nixon originally anticipated.
Figures provided to The Associated Press by Nixon's budget office show that the state's share for the disasters is a little over $36 million.
That's merely a quarter of the $150 million that Nixon set aside for disaster aid in 2011.
Nixon's budget director, Linda Luebbering, says there was no dollar-for-dollar tracking of how the rest of the money was used. She says it simply got rolled into the general revenue pool for government operations and services.
Legislative budget leaders say Nixon's $150 million set-aside was an unnecessary budget manipulation.
A St. Louis Police officer is receiving treatment after an accidental shooting.
Just after 11 AM, an officer was trying to shoot an aggressive dog, but he missed the dog. The bullet ricocheted and hit the officer's partner in the ear and arm. The victim was taken to the hospital and Police Chief Sam Dotson tweeted that the officer was in "good spirits".