Last week's decision by the Missouri Highway Commission to change the road money formula will mean $40 million less for St. Louis area projects, starting in 2007.
A state commission made that decision, but the formula also applies to money that comes from the federal government. With the region already set to lose money, the fight for Washington funds will be even more crucial. KWMU's Tom Weber reports.
St. Louis, MO – A five-alarm fire destroyed a St. Louis foam factory this morning. And petroleum products in the block-long building created major smoke problems.
Fire Captain Robert Hennicke said the thick, black smoke from the three-story, two-building complex rolled across neighboring Interstate 70. The poor visibility closed the highway for a time, during rush hour.
St. Louis, MO – The low levels of the Mississippi River around St. Louis are having an effect on commerce.
The Coast Guard had closed two-mile stretches of the river at St. Louis and Sainte Genevieve because there wasn't enough water to keep boats moving. Those two spots reopened this morning, but five barges have already run aground this week.
St. Louis, MO – A Kansas City judge has sentenced a St. Louis County man to three years probation for beating his family dog to death with a sledgehammer. 34-year-old Micael Welch of Affton pleaded guilty last year. The case was moved to Kansas City because it triggered an outcry from animal lovers. Welch could have received up to five years in prison for the killing of Dusty, a Dalmation-Labrador mix. Jackson County Circuit Judge Preston Dean cited a desire to keep Welch from losing his job as a truck driver in granting probation.
Jefferson City, MO – Laclede Gas customers will be paying an average of $46 more on their bills over the next three months.
Missouri regulators yesterday cited higher wholesale gas prices when they approved the higher rate for just the months of January, February, and March.
Under the price effective today, customers who have been paying about $0.44 er 100 cubic feet of gas will see their rate increase about eight cents for that measurement unit for January, February and March.