St. Louis – The head of the Flood Prevention District in the Metro East says fixing aging levees is the St. Louis region's most urgent issue.
Last week, the Army Corps of Engineers discovered a leak in the Wood River Levee near the Melvin Price Lock and Dam in East Alton, Ill. The corps said the levee is not in danger of failing now, but it could give way during a flood.
St. Louis, MO – Missouri community colleges have agreed to freeze tuition next school year if state officials promise not to severely cut their budgets.
Governor Jay Nixon announced today that community colleges have promised to not raise tuition for in-state students if budgets are cut by only 5.2 percent. That amounts to roughly an $8 million-dollar budget cut.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The board that oversees Missouri's State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS) is crafting a proposal that would bar employees from receiving bonuses during years when the pension fund loses money.
Earlier this year, MOSERS staff members received around $400,000 in performance incentives, even though investments made by the system lost money in 2008.
Democratic State Treasurer Clint Zweifel sits on the board and voted in favor of ending that practice.
St. Louis – The pitching ace of the San Francisco Giants has won the National League Cy Young Award in one of the closest ballots in the award's history.
Tim Lincecum beat Cardinals hurlers Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright for his second straight Cy Young award. Just 10 points separated the top three pitchers, and Wainwright actually received the most first-place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America.
St. Louis – The vote to replace Missouri Republican Kit Bond in the U.S. Senate is almost a year away, but a survey released Wednesday by a Democratic polling organization shows a statistical dead heat between the leading candidates: Democrat Robin Carnahan and Republican Roy Blunt.
St. Louis – Engineers say they've found an "urgent" problem with a Metro East levee.
The Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that there is no imminent threat, but a failure of the 60-year-old levee during a Mississippi River flood would cause major damage in Alton, East Alton and Wood River.