St. Louis, MO – Interstate 64 will open again in St. Louis Monday morning after a $524 million reconstruction project that spanned close to two years.
Transportation officials and political leaders cut the ribbon Sunday on the second half of the project - a five-mile stretch of highway between I-170 and Kingshighway. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says the closure may have been painful but it also taught motorists some lessons.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon says the increase in state revenues last month was good news, but he also indicated that the state of Missouri is still on financially shaky ground.
"We're still underneath the consensus revenue estimate numbers that the budget was built on, so we'll watch (the) December numbers very carefully...but I think at this particular point to say that there may not have to be additional cuts, it's just too premature to say that."
Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon says he's still determined to boost the number of poor Missourians eligible for Medicaid.
The Democratic governor failed to persuade the GOP-led General Assembly earlier this year to expand Medicaid coverage to 35,000 low-income working parents. He says he'll try again when the 2010 session begins next month.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Another effort is being made in Missouri to expand health insurance coverage to pay for diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Legislation being prepared for the 2010 session would require state-regulated group insurance plans to cover the cost of "applied behavioral analysis" for people with autism under the age of 21, up to $72,000 a year.
State Senator Eric Schmitt (R, Glendale) has a son with autism.
St. Louis – The office of state auditor Susan Montee is likely to review the books of University City.
Leaders of University City Citizens for Transparency and Accountability say they collected more than 3,200 signatures on petitions demanding an audit of the city. The St. Louis County Board of Elections must certify the numbers; petitioners only needed to collect 2,200 signatures.
St. Louis, MO – The last bridge involved in the two-year I-64 reconstruction project will re-open Thursday. The Clayton Avenue bridge over I-64 has been closed since August.
An interesting twist on the re-opening involves the woman who will cut the ribbon. Denise Becker of Kirkwood also cut the ribbon when the first Clayton Avenue bridge opened in 1959. As a first grader at nearby Dewey School, she was picked out of the crowd for the honor.
St. Louis, MO – Travelers in and out of Lambert Airport may soon find the experience a little bit easier.
Starting next month the airport will be putting up new, less-confusing signs, and renaming the airports two terminals as -Terminal One and Terminal two.
Airport Director Richard Hrabko said he's gotten numerous complaints over the years claiming that the airport's current terminal designations of "Main Terminal" and "East Terminal" do not make sense for people new to the area.