Jefferson City, Mo – Newly released Missouri water records show a spike this year in high bacteria levels at the Lake of the Ozarks.
There are two public beaches at the popular lake. Water quality tests showed E. coli levels high enough to close at least one of the beaches 11 times in 2009. That's more than double the number of times beaches were to be closed between 2003 and 2008.
Jefferson City, Mo – The Missouri Department of Transportation has a new video to help push for funds to rebuild Interstate 70.
The video shows how the layers of rock and soil underneath a highway crumble, even though the driving surface looks good. MoDOT says Interstate 70 is a good example of a road that's gone through its life cycle and now needs to be replaced.
MoDOT officials say several other states have requested permission to use the video.
Jefferson City, Mo – An audit of the Tour of Missouri done by a private company has found the non-profit running the cycling race needs to adopt written policies and procedures for handling its finances.
Gov. Jay Nixon's administration paid $13,000 for the review, which covered all of 2008. The state provided nearly half of the race's $3.3 million budget that year.
St. Louis – It won't be just fans who are hoping that the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first round of the National League Division Series this week - each additional home game promises an economic boost for downtown bars and restaurants.
If the Cards stay in the playoffs all the way through the World Series, as many as eight more home games could be played in St. Louis.
St. Louis – For countries in the former Soviet Union, a collaboration with the Missouri Botanical Garden may lead to greater protections for endangered species in Eurasia. Researchers and scientists from countries such as Russia and Georgia will be gathering this week at the garden to discuss a comprehensive list of endangered species in the Caucasus Mountain range.