St. Louis, MO – Now that Lambert Airport in St. Louis has federal employees screening passengers, officials are working to next install enough x-ray machines to screen all luggage. Bill Switzer, who oversees the security at Lambert, says the airport will meet the December 31 deadline to screen all luggage. He says 59 new screening machines will be installed throughout the airport.
Columbia, MO – Retiring University of Missouri President Manuel Pacheco may be considered to be the new president of the University of New Mexico, even though Pacheco says he's not interested.
The Columbia Daily-Tribune reports a group looking for Hispanics to apply for the job plans to submit Pacheco's name to the New Mexico search committee. But Pacheco said in an e-mail to the newspaper he's not interested.
St. Louis, MO – Environmentalists are hailing the St. Louis Board of Aldermen's decision Friday to give preliminary approval to a bill that would ban the incineration of medical waste in the city.
The measure requires the Stericycle Company to shut down its incinerator in north St. Louis and process the waste through environmentally safer alternatives. One such method is autoclaving, or steam treating the waste for later disposal at a landfill.
Last week's election brought good news for Missouri Republicans.
The GOP took control of the Missouri House for the first time in almost a half century. A majority of State Representatives will be newcomers next year, thanks in part to term limits forcing out many lawmakers.
St. Louis, MO – The incoming head of the University of Missouri says the slowed economy cannot be allowed to diminish the progress the state has achieved in higher education. Dr. Elson Floyd spoke to faculty, staff and students at the University of Missouri St. Louis Thursday during his introduction as the system's new president. Floyd comes to Missouri during a time of significant fiscal cuts in higher education, but he says there's an unabiding optimism in what the university can achieve.