JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he is working toward full funding for public schools by the time he leaves office in January 2017.
This year's budget includes has about $3 billion for elementary and secondary schools. But that's roughly $600 million less than what is called for under Missouri's school funding formula for this year.
The amounts prescribed by the formula change yearly. If schools receive all of the funds in this year's budget, Missouri would have to spend an additional $560 million to meet next year's target.
Nixon addressed the issue in a speech Monday to higher education officials. He won a second term as governor last year and is barred by law from seeking a third term.
A Michigan teenager is no longer missing, and the man who allegedly took her out of state is in custody.
Police had notified the media that 13-year-old Rachel Marie Baker might be in danger, after the Hamilton girl apparently took off overnight with a 34-year-old California man she had met on the Internet. Police were keeping an eye out for a burnt-orange 1999 Ford Mustang with an expired California license plate that they believed Joseph Arpin was driving.
Allegan County Sheriff’s Captain Frank Baker explains to WRJW radio how they found the pair, "They were working with the Crestwood Police Department after receiving information that the suspect may be in that area."
"As a result, with the assistance of the Crestwood Police Department, the suspect was stopped and a convenience store and he was arrested," said Baker
Arpin will be extradited to Michigan to face charges for taking the girl out of state without parental permission.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A lawmaker pushing legislation to stiffen sentences for gun crimes called off action on the bill Tuesday.
Ryan Keith is a spokesman for Rep. Mike Zalewski of Riverside. He says Zalewski is still meeting with opponents of the bill with an eye toward compromise. It was scheduled for a committee hearing Tuesday.
The measure would require a 3-year prison sentence for illegally packing a loaded gun. Felons and gang members could get 10 years in prison.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made it a legislative priority because of rampant gun violence in Chicago.
But the National Rifle Association is worried that law-abiding gun owners who are in the wrong place at the wrong time could get socked with a three-year sentence.