St. Louis – The Missouri attorney general says he is suing nine businesses in St. Louis and surrounding counties for not deducting unpaid child support from employees' wages.
The lawsuits are part of a statewide effort to enforce child support orders. The Missouri Legislature recently shifted that responsibility from the Department of Social Services to the attorney general.
Nixon says he's trying to collect more than $127,000 in payments from around the state.
St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected in federal court Monday in Washington. Judge Gladys Kessler wants to know why the corps is ignoring her order to lower water levels on the Missouri River.
That ruling was made last weekend to protect endangered species. But the corps says it conflicts with a previous ruling in Nebraska that mandated higher levels on the Missouri to help barge traffic.
Chicago, ILL. – Illinoisans who need help paying cooling bills can start applying Monday for assistance from the state.
The federal government is sending Illinois $7.5 million in emergency money to help people keep their homes cool this summer.
The state expects about 45,000 households to get some aid. The money is available to the elderly, people with children younger than two, or those households with a member that has a disability or medical condition.
St. Louis, MO – The magazine U.S. News & World Report has ranked Barnes-Jewish Hospital as the eighth best in the nation. Last year it was ranked ninth; it's the only Missouri hospital to make the magazine's honor roll this year.
Saint Louis University Hospital was ranked ninth in the nation for its work in geriatric medicine. The 'America's Best Hospitals' issue of the magazine will be on newsstands on Monday, July 21.
St. Louis – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed a resolution Friday that prohibits smoking in all city buildings. Mayor Francis Slay plans on signing the bill, which will set up designated outdoor smoking areas.
Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr. pushed for the ban, which he says is long overdue.
"We have been working on, ever since 1978, some way of being able to address the need of those persons who have respiratory illnesses that have to come to City Hall," Bosley said.
The St. Louis Public Schools are on the brink of a major overhaul. This week, the city school board approved a plan to close more than a dozen schools as part of an overall strategy to make up a $90 million budget gap.
The plan is the work of a private management team the school board hired to pull the district out of the red.