Jefferson City, Mo. – Criminal charges will not be filed against Brian Nieves (R, Washingon, Mo.), a Missouri House Member and State Senate candidate accused of assaulting a staff member of a former political rival.
Franklin County Prosecutor Bob Parks says after examining the police report in the case, he found no evidence to support filing any criminal charges against Nieves.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A St. Louis lawmaker plans to continue pushing for higher seat belt fines when Missouri legislators return to Jefferson City next year.
Democratic State Senator Joseph Keaveny says he'll again sponsor legislation to raise fines for not buckling up from $10 to $50 per violation. He admits, though, that getting the bill passed will be an uphill battle, as it didn't get very far the first time.
St. Louis, MO – Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said that more needs to be done to improve the customer experience at St. Louis' John Cochran VA hospital.
McCaskill met with senior staff at John Cochran on Thursday and she said that she's completely reassured that the faulty sterilizations at the hospital's dental clinic discovered earlier this year have been addressed.
Last year the hospital's dental clinic may have exposed some 1,800 veterans to infection through faulty sterilization procedures.
President Barack Obama's plan to boost the economy with $50 billion of infrastructure spending is getting bipartisan criticism from Missouri's leading Senate candidates. Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said Thursday the proposal "doesn't seem like a practical way to solve" high unemployment and a lagging economy.
Republican Congressman Roy Blunt called it "purely political."
Jefferson City, Mo. – A commission created by Governor Jay Nixon to review Missouri's tax credits met today (Wednesday) for the first time.
The Missouri Tax Credit Review Commission is made up of current and former lawmakers and leaders from groups representing education, labor and private enterprise. Nixon wants them to decide which of the state's 61 tax credits should stay and which should be dumped.
By Adam Allington, Amanda Rice, St. Louis Public Radio
ST. LOUIS –
Researchers at the Center for Tobacco Policy Research at Washington University say that smoking bans set to go on the books early next year are not sufficient to protect the public and that the number of loopholes in the bans are the most concerning.
A new report issued by the Center is questioning the impact of partial smoking bans set to go into effect next year.
Researchers examined nicotine levels at 20 bars and restaurants in St. Louis City and County.
St. Louis – Officials at the Missouri Department of Transportation are telling drivers to stay away from the Poplar Street Bridge complex this weekend as crews do work on the approaches and the bridge itself.