St. Louis Public Radio – Governor Jay Nixon has unveiled his plans for legislation that would tighten enforcement of the state's drunken driving laws.
The seven proposals come from a summit Nixon held on the issue in November. It would become a crime to refuse a Breathalyzer test. County prosecutors would take responsibility for prosecuting repeat offenders, drivers with a blood alcohol level of .15 or above, or drivers who refuse the Breathalyzer.
St. Louis, MO – A national design competition is now underway to make the Gateway Arch grounds more user-friendly.
The call for designs follows the release of a general management plan last month by the National Park Service.
The superintendent of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial -- which includes the Arch -- is Tom Bradley. He says the Arch grounds need to have a better connection to downtown St. Louis and Illinois, across the Mississippi River.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers begin laying the groundwork this week for what's expected to be a difficult budget process.
The Senate Appropriations Committee is to hear public testimony Monday and Tuesday on spending for education, public safety, social services and other government programs. The House appropriations committee for economic development issues is to meet Wednesday.
Legislative committees typically start hearing pleas for spending before their session officially begins in early January.