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.
Chicago – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said a secret policy change that freed some inmates early was "a very big mistake" on the part of his corrections director.
Quinn said Wednesday he is reinstating a policy that requires all inmates to serve 61 days before becoming eligible for good-conduct time off.
The governor said Corrections Director Michael Randle made the decision to accelerate early releases counter to Quinn's guideline that none be violent offenders. However Quinn said he will keep Randle on the job.
St. Louis – The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded a $229.5 million contract to build the main span of the new Mississippi River bridge.
The winning bid went to a joint venture of St. Louis-based Alberici Constructors, Massman Construction of Kansas City and Traylor Brothers, Inc. The proposal, however, was still $39 million more than the Missouri Department of Transportation hoped to spend on the span.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon wants increased regulatory authority as a means of protecting water quality at the Lake of the Ozarks.
And that proposal comes on the same day the latest test results are released.
Water samples gathered in October show contamination from some agricultural chemicals, including nitrogen and phosphorus. But Department of Natural Resources officials say tests for other pollutants were normal.
St. Louis – St. Louis police have identified the man shot and killed by officers responding to a 911 call.
Forty-year-old Antonio Hogans was shot six times at his house in the 1500 block of Salisbury around 7:30 Monday night. The officers were responding to reports of shots fired at the residence, apparently the result of an altercation over drugs or drug money. Police found crack cocaine in Hogans's pants pocket.
St. Louis – The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission could move the construction of a new Mississippi River crossing forward at its meeting Wednesday. Or it could delay the entire project by six months.
The commission will decide at the special meeting whether or not to accept either of the current bids for the main span of the new $640 million bridge, which will be built north of downtown. Both came in over budget.