Jefferson City, MO – A State Senate committee has passed a bill that would allow exemptions to Missouri's Construction Work in Progress law, also known as CWIP.
The legislation would give the Public Service Commission authority to allow exemptions to the CWIP law, which bars utilities from billing customers for the cost of new power plants while under construction.
St. Louis, MO – One of Missouri's main business lobbying groups has given its support to Governor Jay Nixon's planned health care expansion.
Under a deal announced in early March, Missouri's hospitals will pay a higher provider tax. The additional revenue will be used to draw down enough federal dollars to expand Medicaid to another 43,000 families by increasing the income limit to 50 percent of the poverty line, up from 20 percent.
Two of the three challengers to Mayor Francis Slay in the general election used a debate at the St. Louis Public Library Monday night to lay the blame for city's problems at his feet.
Both independent candidate Maida Coleman and Green Party candidate Elston McCowan targeted Slay on a wide range of issues, including the city's struggling school system, its police department, the stalled Ballpark Village development, and the ongoing racial divide.
The Saint Louis Zoo is dealing with another animal death. Zoo veterinarians euthanized a 23-year-old polar bear, Hope, Monday. She was suffering from inoperable liver cancer.
Zoo staffers say the decision to euthanize her was made because she had not been interested in food and had been less active in recent days. Staffers say she lived longer than most captive polar bears, which live between twenty and twenty-two years.