Jefferson City, MO – Missouri House Speaker Ron Richard (R, Joplin) is standing firm on his decision not to reappoint a St. Louis Democrat as the ranking minority member on the Children and Families Committee.
Jeanette Mott Oxford served on the committee for four years, and says she doesn't know why the new House Speaker chose not to reappoint her.
St. Louis, MO – Anheuser-Busch is giving the University of Missouri-St. Louis $2.5 million for its new College of Business Administration building.
University officials say the project -- which is just getting off the ground -- will cost between $25-30 million. Anheuser-Busch President David Peacock says the company remains committed to supporting local institutions, particularly those that deal with education, economic development and the environment.
St. Louis – Saint Louis Zoo veterinarians are treating the Zoo's 23-month-old Asian elephant, Jade, for herpes. Zoo staffers noticed the elephant was lethargic on Sunday. A blood sample indicated she had contracted herpes. She remains in guarded condition Thursday.
Jefferson City, MO – A former opponent of primary seat belt enforcement today filed a bill in the Missouri House sponsoring it.
State Representative Bill Deeken (R, Jefferson City) says allowing law officers to pull over motorists simply for not buckling up will not only save lives, but will also enable the state to draw down up to $20 million from Washington.
Jefferson City, MO – A Missouri Senate committee spent about four hours Tuesday afternoon and evening, hearing testimony on a bill that would allow utility companies to charge customers for new power plants while they're under construction.
If the bill becomes law, St. Louis-based AmerenUE may consider building a second nuclear reactor at its plant near Fulton.
The utility's president and CEO, Tom Voss, testified that being allowed to bill customers while building it is the only way they can afford a new reactor.