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.
Jefferson City, Mo. – An environmental advocate is calling on Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster to return a campaign contribution made last year from a company that owns eleven hog farms in the northern part of the state.
Premium Standard Farms is under a court order to make improvements to its operations.
Jefferson City, Mo. – An Audrain County prosecutor is asking the Missouri Supreme Court to let him prosecute a convicted sex offender for violating a state law that bars offenders from taking part in Halloween activities.
Charles Raynor of Mexico, Missouri, was arrested in 2008 after a woman at his house handed out candy to trick-or-treaters.
St. Louis – The Midwest-China Hub Commission is spending big to lobby Chinese companies to route their exports through Lambert Airport in St. Louis, and Lambert Airport has announced plans to build a new 40-million dollar air freight terminal.
St. Louis County Economic Development Council is expected to approve payment Wednesday of $931,000 to former DHL executive Guenter Rohrmann to negotiate with the Chinese.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Bills addressing campaign finance reform in Missouri have been pre-filed, just over a month before the start of the 2010 legislative session.
One bill would restore campaign contribution limits that were removed in 2007, restored by the Missouri Supreme Court later that same year, and then removed again by GOP lawmakers and former Governor Matt Blunt in 2008.
The proposal to again restore limits is sponsored by House Minority Floor Leader Paul LeVota (D, Independence).