St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor-elect Jay Nixon unveiled his economic stimulus plan today.
Nixon's six-point plan includes low-interest loans to small businesses, job training tax incentives and the establishment of an auto manufacturing task force. Nixon says the economic crisis demands that he and other state officials take action quickly.
St. Louis, MO – Tighter standards for the amount of smog exposure that's acceptable over a 24-hour period have put the St. Louis region in violation of the Clean Air Act.
The Environmental Protection Agency informed the state of the violation on Monday. The city and surrounding counties have failed yearly smog tests since 2005, and failed ozone tests since the 1990s. But E-P-A regional spokesman David Bryan says that doesn't mean the clean-up policies are failing.
St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis region's public transit agency has approved a sharp reduction in services as it struggles to balance its 2010 budget
The plan approved by Metro's board of commissioners Friday eliminates most bus service outside of Interstate 270, and the Call-A-Ride service on those lines. MetroLink will no longer run special event trains, and 600 employees will be laid off.
St. Louis – Police have charged two teenagers in the death of 48-year-old Susan Schaffer.
Seventeen-year-old Lorenzo H. Wilson and 17-year-old Kenneth Shepherd will both face charges of armed criminal action, first-degree burglary, and felony stealing. Wilson also faces first-degree murder charges.
Officials say Wilson shot and killed Schaffer when she entered her home Tuesday and interrupted a burglary. Police say both teens admitted the crime in statements to investigators.
St. Louis, MO – Former gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof has been hit with a federal tax lien.
IRS documents show the $1849 lien was filed with the Boone County Recorder of Deeds the day before the 2008 gubernatorial election.
Hulshof did not return calls for comment. But his wife Renee' told the Columbia Tribune that the lien is for interest and penalties on employee withholding taxes from when the estate of her mother-in-law was being transferred. Renee Hulshof says the family is working with the IRS.
Springfield, IL – An attorney representing Governor Rod Blagojevich in his criminal and impeachment proceedings says lawmakers considering impeachment proceedings should not consider material from federal wiretaps.
Attorney Edward Genson made his second appearance in front of the special Illinois House committee Thursday. He says the taped conversations have not been approved as evidence in a criminal trial.