St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis County Police say they are pleased with the results of a November patrol that looked for people not wearing their seatbelts.
County officers saturated a stretch of Tesson Ferry Road for the last two weeks on the month to publicize a new ordinance that allows drivers to be pulled over simply for not wearing their seat belt. Officers wrote about 900 tickets under the new law in those two weeks.
Chicago – Attorneys said Monday that the Illinois House impeachment panel weighing evidence against Rod Blagojevich may finish its work before getting any tapes of the governor made secretly by the FBI.
The impeachment panel is racing to complete its job, possibly by the end of this week.
But the efforts of federal prosecutors to give the panel some of the FBI tapes are facing a potential obstacle course in court that could take up several weeks.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's largest electric utility is considering building a second nuclear reactor in central Missouri, and that means lawmakers will be considering how to pay for it when their new session starts Wednesday.
The issue focuses on billions of dollars of economic development and a law approved overwhelmingly by voters in 1976 that bars investor-owned utilities from adding the cost of new a plant to electric bills until the facility is operating.
St. Louis, MO – While clashes in the Middle East continue, Israel's supporters in Missouri are speaking out in solidarity.
Several current and former Missouri lawmakers who gathered at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis today said that Israel has a right to defend itself against attacks from the militant group Hamas. Former U.S. Senator Jim Talent says rockets from Gaza into Israel should be considered terrorism.