Clayton, Mo. – Members of the St. Louis County Council heard suggestions Tuesday for how to spend surplus hotel tax revenue.
The council's revenue and personnel committee heard from about 10 different organizations including the Convention & Visitors Commission, and a group that wants to bring the 2006 Figure Skating Championships to town.
They all want a piece of a multimillion-dollar hotel-motel tax surplus. Voters passed a hotel tax increase in 1990 to help fund the Edward Jones Dome.
University City, MO – University City leaders Monday night approved a measure that calls into question two federal anti-terrorism laws.
The St. Louis suburb is apparently the first Missouri city to do so. The resolution considers the Patriot and Homeland Security Acts threatening to civil liberties like free speech, privacy, legal counsel, and due process.
The group seeking the resolution's adoption, the St. Louis Bill of Rights Defense Committee, now wants the St. Louis Board of Alderman to pass similar language.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Some Missouri lawmakers want to make some driving courtesies the law of the land.
The Senate Transportation Committee considered the proposals Monday. They would limit speeds on some country roads to 45 miles an hour; ban trucks from using the far left lane on city highways; and require drivers to turn lights on when using windshield wipers.
The committee didn't vote on any of the proposals.
Du Quoin, IL – Some of the people evacuated from the area of a Sunday train derailment and chemical spill in southern Illinois started going home today.
Perry County Sheriff says about 200 people were allowed to return to their homes after completion of the removal of flammable vinyl chloride and a damaged tanker last night. But some 800 people still aren't able to go home around the spill near Tamaroa.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Republicans in Jefferson City are pushing a plan they say will create jobs in Missouri. Legislation heard Monday in House and Senate committees would create a new Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board, made up of small-business owners.
The board would help advise state agencies on how to regulate small businesses. House Speaker Catherine Hanaway says the plan would cut red tape that keeps firms from creating jobs.