St. Louis, MO – St. Louis' Bi-State Development Agency is changing its name. Beginning February 1st, it will simply be known as Metro .
The bus, van and light rail operator says the new name will better describe what the agency is and what it does. It says it's the final step in a process that began with the debut of Metrolink ten years ago. Services, rates and routes will not be affected by the name change.
Barksdale Air Force Base, La. – A military hearing is over for two Illinois fighter pilots. Former St. Louisan Harry Schmidt and William Umbach are charged with the accidental bombing of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.
St. Louis, MO – Two suspects are in custody after a lengthy standoff at a check-cashing business on the south side of St. Louis. Names of the men have not been released. They were taken into custody at around 2 pm.
St. Louis, MO – The Environmental Protection Agency says St. Louis' air quality has improved to the point that the region may be able to federal standards.
The agency is proposing that St. Louis be designated an air quality attainment area for the first time since 1978. EPA spokesman Tony Petruska says the proposal is based on ozone data from 2000, 2001 and 2002.
Jefferson City, MO – An ongoing drought has cost Missouri's economy nearly $500 million in the past year.
State officials say western and northwestern Missouri are in extreme stages of drought; conditions that could soon hit the rest of the state.
Analysts with the Department of Natural Resources say the extreme dry conditions appear to be spreading eastward. Forty-one counties are under either a drought advisory or alert. Another 32 counties are in the conservation phase.