St. Louis, MO – Missouri economic development officials say Pentagon spending on the Iraq war is giving a boost to the state's economy.
The defense industry plays a large role in Missouri's economy, and Department of Economic Development Director Joe Driskill says companies like Boeing are benefiting.
"These companies have received about 820 million dollars in new or modified defense contracts. and over a half a billion of that amount will be spent here in Missouri directly on products produced here."
On an 1874 trip to St. Louis, Charles Dickens called the Mississippi River "an enormous ditch," and "a breeding place of fever and death." St. Louisans have always had a love-hate relationship with their river.
St. Louis, MO – 27 Missouri conservation groups lobbied lawmakers in Jefferson City Wednesday to call attention to legislation they consider bad for the environment.
Josh Campbell of Missouri Votes Conservation says a bill pending in the state Senate could have negative long-term effects.
"It will hurt Missouri's conservation efforts completely," he said. "It will devastate Missouri's streams, fishing industry and canoeing industry, which all result in the depletion and devastation of Missouri's tourist trade."