tourism http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri Author Exposes The Dark, 'Wicked' Side Of Route 66 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-author-exposes-dark-wicked-side-route-66 <p>The open road. Curving, meandering highways. Roadside diners and trips to remember yesteryear. These are the types of images most often associated with Route 66.</p><p>But in addition to tourists and explorers, some unsavory characters have lived and traveled along the roads that became Missouri's Route 66. Author Lisa Livingston-Martin tells their stories in her new book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/160949766X"><em>Missouri's Wicked Route 66: Outlaws and Gangsters on the Mother Road</em></a>.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:57:01 +0000 Camille Phillips 28548 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Author Exposes The Dark, 'Wicked' Side Of Route 66 Mo. House rejects Senate budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-rejects-senate-budget <p>The <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a>&nbsp;has rejected&nbsp;12 of the&nbsp;13 budget bills passed last week by the<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/"> State&nbsp;Senate</a>.</p><p>The move was part of the normal procedure for preparing for final budget negotiations.&nbsp; However, some House members took the opportunity to criticize the Senate for cutting more than $3 million from the state&rsquo;s tourism budget.<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=132">&nbsp;&nbsp;State&nbsp;Rep. Don Ruzicka </a>(R, Mount Vernon)&nbsp;urged<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=038"> House Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey </a>(R,&nbsp;Kansas City) to try to get the cut restored. Tue, 01 May 2012 00:04:19 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3604 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House rejects Senate budget Schweich releases audits on Tourism Div., MSHP-Water Patrol merger http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/schweich-releases-audits-tourism-div-mshp-water-patrol-merger <p><a href="http://auditor.mo.gov/">Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich</a> (R) has released audits today of the<a href="http://visitmo.com/"> Missouri Division of Tourism </a>and of the former <a href="http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/WaterPatrol/index.html">State Water Patrol</a>.</p><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">First, one audit concludes that Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R)&nbsp;may have had a conflict of interest by serving as chairman of both the state Tourism Commission and a nonprofit group that put on the Tour of Missouri bicycle race.<o:p></o:p></font></font></p><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">It notes that the Tourism Commission has no conflict of interest policy and recommends it adopt one. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 20:01:59 +0000 The Associated Press & Marshall Griffin 2096 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Schweich releases audits on Tourism Div., MSHP-Water Patrol merger Missouri Hopes For Boost From Civil War Tourism http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-hopes-boost-civil-war-tourism With 2011 marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's beginning, tourists and history buffs are expected to travel to famous battle sites, such as Gettysburg and Bull Run, in record numbers. Missouri would like some of that attention — only Virginia and Tennessee contain more <a href="http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/bystate.htm">Civil War battle sites</a>.<p>Missouri was on the western front of the Civil War. The Battle of Wilson's Creek was fought there; in total, more than 1,000 skirmishes and battles took place in the state.<p>A few miles south of St. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 13:50:58 +0000 Maria Altman 1473 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Hopes For Boost From Civil War Tourism Missouri Botanical Garden to host Chinese lantern festival http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-botanical-garden-host-chinese-lantern-festival <p><a href="http://www.mobot.org">The Missouri Botanical Garden</a> will host a Chinese lantern festival next year.</p><p><a href="http://www.mobot.org/lanternfestival">The exhibition</a>&mdash;the first of its kind in the United States&mdash;will feature 26 large, brightly-colored lantern displays from China&#39;s Zigong province.</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 21:32:41 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 1355 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Botanical Garden to host Chinese lantern festival Morning headlines: Ald. Matt Villa steps down, state Senator proposes changing judicial elections, value of tourism advertising increases http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-ald-matt-villa-steps-down-state-senator-proposes-changing-judicial-elections <ul><li>A member of a long-time political family in St. Louis is leaving his post as alderman for the 11th Ward. <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix/article_d6da0eb4-388f-11e0-8b80-0017a4a78c22.html">The St. Louis Post-Dispatch</a> reports that <a href="http://stlcin.missouri.org/alderman/alderman.cfm?ward=11">Ald. Matt Villa</a> says he needs to focus on expanding the family's business, Villa Lighting. Tue, 15 Feb 2011 14:48:57 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 535 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Ald. Matt Villa steps down, state Senator proposes changing judicial elections, value of tourism advertising increases