St. Louis – Supporters of legislation that would require insurance companies to cover treatment for autism spectrum disorders have launched a grassroots push to get the bill through the Missouri General Assembly next year.
Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has already said passing autism insurance legislation will be a priority of his. A bill cleared the Republican-controlled Senate easily lat year, but never got a vote in the state House, which is also under GOP control.
St. Louis – The largest cement plant in the nation has opened in Missouri, about 50 miles south of St. Louis in Ste. Genevieve County. The $1 billion plant was built by Holcim. Production began Monday.
Demand for cement is down because of the economic downturn. Holcim recently closed plants in Michigan and Clarksville, Mo., and suspended production at plants in Iowa and Mississippi. But the company says it's looking forward to better times.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Former Missouri Governor Warren Hearnes has died. A spokesman for his family says Hearnes passed away around 11 p.m. Sunday after being seriously ill for several days. He was 86 years old.
Hearnes served in the Legislature for a decade, and was Missouri secretary of State before becoming governor in 1965.
St. Louis – Students in the St. Louis Public Schools return from summer break on Thursday, and on Sunday the district's leader and his top staff fanned out to about 20 area churches to stress the importance of first-day attendance.
Superintendent Kelvin Adams said adults have a responsibility to see that kids go to class.