St. Louis, MO – The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, better known as the Gateway Arch,is entering a new era.
This week landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and his team were named the winner of an international design competition.
Their design includes a green lid over Interstate 70 to reconnect the downtown to the monument,a new west facing entrance for the museum, and a few additions to the grounds, including an ice rink and Urban Ecology Center.
St. Louis – Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said that now is the right time to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, the policy that prevents gay soldiers from serving openly.
Republican senators blocked debate yesterday on the annual defense bill, saying the amendment to repeal DADT should be removed. They want to wait until the military finishes its study on the topic, expected later this year.
St. Louis – Officials with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri said that they hope a presentation made to the state Board of Education on Wednesday will start a conversation about how the state can help the mentoring agency.
Gov. Jay Nixon wants business, labor,education and other officials to help develop a plan for expanding Missouri's economy.
Nixon says there are important choices to be made about which new businesses and technologies to focus upon and what strategies to use for enticing economic development. Six local advisory groups are meeting across the state to offer their recommendations. Nixon spoke Wednesday to a panel focused on central Missouri.
ST. LOUIS – The Jefferson County Board of Executives wants to change the way that possible red light camera violations would be enforced in unincorporated areas of the county.
Red light camera tickets are traditionally sent to the car owner, whether or not that person was driving the car at the time. The three-person board wants to add facial recognition software that would check red light photos against registered vehicle owners.
ST. LOUIS – A new report from Washington University is calling for an increase in statewide tobacco-control efforts.
Based on a 2007 survey of 50,000 people, the report shows Missourians smoke at a rate far higher than the national average. Medicare recipients, the uninsured and gay Missourians showed the highest levels of smoking.
Sarah Shelton is a researcher with the Center for Tobacco Policy Research. She says those with little education or income have few resources to help them quit.