St. Louis – Developer Paul McKee has received $19.6 million in tax credits from the state of Missouri for his north side redevelopment plan.
McKee wants to spend $8 billion dollars over about 20 years to build a new community of homes and businesses near downtown.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development notified McKee of the award on New Year's Eve. Spokesman John Fougere said the state can give up to $20 million dollars annually, so McKee is eligible for more money this year.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's tax collections are expected to rise a bit in 2010, but remain well below what they were two years ago.
Both Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and GOP legislative leaders agree on the latest numbers. They estimate that state revenue collections will rise by about 3.6 percent after July first, but will still be about $780 million less than they were in 2008.
Linda Luebbering, the governor's Budget Director, says cuts will still be necessary.
St. Louis, MO – Metro East homeowners and businesses worried about the prospect of higher flood insurance rates are getting a temporary reprieve from the federal government.
New flood insurance maps were set to be released this summer for the bi-state region, including Madison, St. Clair and Monroe Counties. That prospect worried many in the metro east, Congressmen Jerry Costello and John Shimkus among them, who complained that it could mean dramatic increases in flood insurance premiums.
St. Louis – Officials from the U.S. Census Bureau are launching the region's educational efforts about the 2010 count in St. Louis.
All 12 census regions will have their own "Portrait of America" road tour. Visitors will have the opportunity to see some of the questions on the form, and make a video that the Census Bureau may post on the Web.
Dennis Johnson directs the Kansas City regional office, which includes St. Louis. He said the Bureau does similar education campaigns with every census.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri hunters using old-fashioned muzzleloading guns shot nearly 16,000 deer this year. That's the largest harvest since Missouri began its muzzleloading season 21 years ago. The previous high was set in 2007.
Osage County in central Missouri had the largest harvest, with hunters killing 403 deer.
Conservation officials say good weather drew more hunters during the 10-day season late last month. Bow hunters are out this week and next; Missouri's archery season ends January 15th.