St. Louis – Legislation authorizing a massive redevelopment project on the north side of St. Louis sailed through another step in the approval process Thursday, as the Board of Aldermen's Housing, Urban Development, and Zoning committee voted nearly unanimously to give developer Paul McKee the right to rebuild 1500 acres in north city.
St. Louis – An environmental group says the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has turned a blind eye to toxic chemicals that are being dumped into the state's streams.
A report from the research and advocacy group Environment America comes on the heels of a similar study from the New York Times. Both studies suggest that regulators across the country of failing to enforce the Federal Clean Water Act.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Secretary of State's Office has approved for circulation two ballot initiatives backed by opponents of abortion and of a type of stem cell research some consider to be human cloning.
The first ballot question would bar state tax dollars from being used to fund abortions or to fund the procedure known as somatic cell nuclear transfer, which is considered by initiative backers to be human cloning.
Edwardsville, Ill – The man accused of fatally shooting the pastor at an Illinois church has been found unfit to stand trial.
Madison County Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli signed an order Tuesday morning agreeing with the findings of a court-appointed psychologist that Terry Sedlacek's schizophrenia will make it impossible for Sedlacek to assist his attorneys in his defense, or follow courtroom proceedings.
Madison County public defender John Rekowski was satisfied with Tognarelli's ruling.
Jefferson City, Mo. – State and federal officials are preparing for the 2010 U.S. Census, which begins in March.
One of their main concerns is that some residents are afraid or apathetic when it comes to filling out census forms. Officials are taking steps to reassure the public that there's no agenda apart from accurately counting the population of Missouri and the rest of the nation.
Dennis Johnson is Regional Director for the U.S. Census office in Kansas City, Kansas.