Jefferson City, Mo. – Some of Missouri's fall foliage could be affected by fungus and insects, though state officials say it's too early to predict a bland season overall.
White Oak trees in central Missouri, particularly from Springfield to Rolla to Jefferson City, were hit hard by a tree fungus and by a bug named Jumping Oak Gall. Justine Gartner with the Department of Conservation says the two resulted in turning leaves from White Oaks brown during the summer.
Belleville, Ill – Residents in Belleville are running out of time to pay the city's new vehicle registration fee without penalty.
The wheel tax costs the average resident $20 per registered vehicle, though discounts are available to seniors, the disabled, and for antique cars that are not driven much. The revenue will partially offset the $1.3 million the state of Illinois owes Belleville in a variety of back payments and withheld tax revenue, and help the city avoid cutting police and fire.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A new partnership funded by county, state and federal money will allow Missourians with developmental disabilities to receive services while living at home.
The program will enable around 470 people to live at home with their families while receiving such services as speech, behavioral and physical therapy and personal assistance. Roger Garlich is with the Missouri Department of Mental Health.