St. Louis – Nearly 120,000 homes and businesses in Missouri are still without power and many could remain in the dark for days to come.
A two-day winter storm dumped snow, sleet and ice over much of the state, but an area south of Interstate 44 and the Bootheel region were hardest hit. Six deaths were blamed on the weather - five in accidents on slick roads and one case of hypothermia.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is not happy with Governor Jay Nixon's halting of the MOHELA college construction program.
In a brief news conference, he described the decision to halt five construction projects currently under way as abrupt.
"These projects are worthy projects that will create jobs in the short term and over the long term...the economy will truly be stimulated as opposed to this bogus, pork-ulous, stimulus fraud coming out of Washington DC," Kinder said.
St. Louis, MO – The Normandy School District has announced plans to lay off nearly eight percent of its workforce.
Forty-five teachers and nearly 40 other support staffers will be laid off February 27th. The cuts will allow the district to save $1.6 million before its fiscal year ends June 30th. ,p> Graylon Brown is a Missouri National Education Association coordinator for a region that includes Normandy.
Springfield, IL – Governor Rod Blagojevich says he's innocent and he's not going to quit. The embattled Democrat took less than 50 minutes to deliver his closing statement before the Illinois Senate's impeachment trial today.
Springfield, Ill. – The Senate impeachment trial of Governor Rod Blagojevich resumes Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the senators weighing Blagojevich's political fate listened to the governor's own voice captured on a secret recording, and they heard an FBI agent testify that government wiretaps caught statements pointing to one corrupt scheme after another.
Next they'll hear accusations that Blagojevich unconstitutionally defied the Legislature, evaded state hiring laws and wasted tax dollars.
St. Louis, MO – Streets departments across the St. Louis region say they're mostly caught up after a two-day snowstorm dumped six inches of snow on area roads.
Crews from St. Louis city, county and the Missouri Department of Transportation are still working 12-hour shifts to finish the last of the plowing. But most main routes are just wet, and the secondary streets are getting cleared.
MoDOT spokeswoman Kara Price says motorists still need to drive carefully.