St. Louis – Eight local police departments and the Missouri Highway Patrol will team up beginning today to crack down on speeding and aggressive driving on Interstate 270 in St. Louis.
There were about 1,700 auto accidents on I-270 last year. Revee White with the Missouri Department of Transportation says extra police patrols will try to reduce that number .and make driving on 270 a safer experience.
By Bill Raack/Rebecca Thiele, St. Louis Public Radio
St. Louis, Mo – President Casino workers are still fighting for job transfers and benefits as the gaming facility on Laclede's Landing gets set to close next week.
The employees are complaining that Pinnacle has reneged on hiring them at the company's other two casinos in the area, Lumiere Place and River City. They also say Pinnacle is not offering the workers who will be out of jobs when the President closes severance packages.
St. Louis – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Friday gave its preliminary approval today to a $937 million spending plan for the city of St. Louis.
The board made no changes to the budget drafted by Mayor Francis Slay, Comptroller Darlene Green and board president Lewis Reed, and approved last week by the Ways and Means committee. It closes a $46 million gap with cuts, funding shifts and projected revenue from an $11-a-month trash fee that should be approved next week.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon and Missouri lawmakers are continuing to negotiate an agreement on calling a special legislative session before the end of the month.
The purpose would be to pass two bills: The first would provide tax credits to Ford Motor Company's Kansas City plant, and the second would cut state pensions for future employees. Senate Majority Floor Leader Kevin Engler (R, Farmington) says the pension change would more than pay for the automotive tax breaks.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's state budget for Fiscal Year 2011 has been signed into law, but Governor Jay Nixon also announced numerous cuts to the $23.3 billion spending plan.
The governor is making "withholds," as they are called in Jefferson City. They are not technically line-item vetoes, because the money being withheld can be restored if the state's revenue picture improves.
St. Louis – A group representing landlords in St. Louis says it still has questions about a new trash collection fee the city needs to balance its budget.
The Ways and Means committee approved the fee increase Thursday morning. City officials need the revenue to balance the budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st, so the trash bill has to be signed by the end of the month.
St. Louis – Despite saying they would wait to give mediation a chance to work, the union representing 2,500 employees at Boeing plants in Hazelwood and St. Charles has notified the company of its intent to strike.
The International Association of Machinists District 837 issued the letter Thursday. Union officials said the decision came after a meeting with federal mediators and Boeing was rescheduled several times, which spokesman Tom Pinski said left members unsure about Boeing's commitment to negotiations.
St. Louis – The 98,000 customers of the St. Louis water department are likely to face two rate hikes in six months.
A 19 percent hike approved in April 2008 is generating $9 million less than expected. The department saw the price of chemicals go up sharply since conducting the rate study, and also had to make nearly $2 million in payments to its pension system. Without an immediate increase to start the next fiscal year, the department would default on its bond payments.