St. Louis – The company that manages the Tour of Missouri has slightly relaxed a deadline for the state to release $1 million in funds for the 2010 race.
Medalist Sports had originally given Tour of Missouri, Inc. and the state Tourism Commission until Friday to secure the $1 million. Company officials said on a conference call on Friday they can wait until after the Tour of California, which runs May 16th through May 23rd, before deciding.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A revised bill that would require insurance companies to cover some of the cost of therapy for children with autism has passed the Missouri Senate.
It would require health insurance companies to cover up to $45,000 per year for kids with autism age 18 and younger. That's $10,000 less than the Senate's original bill, and those age 19 and 20 would not be eligible.
Both bills were sponsored by State Senator Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville).
St. Louis, MO – The Environmental Protection Agency is awarding close to $250,000 to Saint Louis University to predict the impacts of climate change on freshwater resources.
EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks says the research will evaluate how a changing climate could alter the quantity of water in U.S. rivers and streams, and the availability of habitat for fish and other aquatic life.
St. Louis – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is closing more than 100 caves in state parks and historic sites to battle the spread of white nose syndrome, a fungus that affects bats.
The fungus has decimated bat populations in the northeast, and officials found it in a cave in Pike County last month. The fungus disturbs a bat's winter hibernation, causing them to search for food, often freezing or starving.
St. Louis – A five year transportation plan for the state released Wednesday by the Missouri Department of Transportation could shock communities with major road projects planned.
The plan released Wednesday predicts that no more than $500 million a year will be available to communities for road construction and improvements between 2011 and 2015. That's a 150 percent drop from the last plan, where the pool was $1.25 billion a year.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Democrats in the Missouri House are crying foul over what they call a "sham" ethics bill passed by the Republican majority Thursday.
The wide-ranging bill would place a $20,000 cap on campaign contributions for candidates seeking statewide office. But the bill's language is not clear on whether that rule would apply to House and Senate members.