St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that, as of next season, the team will take its radio broadcasts back to KMOX (AM 1120).
When the Cardinals moved to KTRS in 2005, the move caused a bit of a dustup, primarily because of KTRS's weaker signal that left some fans in pockets of dead air. At night KMOX's 50,000-watt signal reaches more than 40 states and parts of Canada.
St. Louis – Public defenders in Missouri have warned for years that they have too many cases.
This summer the State Public Defender's Office began turning away new cases in several court districts and put several more on notice. And Missouri's state auditor announced recently that she will review the public defender system.
Jefferson City, Mo. – An initiative to bar real estate transfer taxes in Missouri has been ordered placed on the November ballot by a Cole County judge.
Missouri currently does not have a real estate transfer tax, which would be levied whenever a piece of property changes hands. The ballot question to prevent it from being used in Missouri is sponsored by Jefferson City attorney Chuck Hatfield.
Jefferson City, Mo. – More teenagers in Missouri are buckling up, based on the latest information from the state's Transportation department.
Sixty-six percent of teens surveyed say they use seat belts, compared to 61 percent a year ago. Melissa Black with MoDOT is happy with the news, although she says they're not sure yet why the numbers are suddenly better.
St. Louis – An energized Robin Carnahan urged Missouri labor families to knock on doors and speak to their colleagues at work as she enters the final nine weeks before the general election.
AFL-CIO Missouri president Hugh McVey introduced Carnahan, the secretary of state, as the candidate who is going to "kick Roy Blunt's ass." And Carnahan delivered her standard stump speech with some red meat for the unions, as she promised to eliminate tax breaks that end up rewarding companies for sending jobs overseas.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Mark Templeton is stepping down Wednesday as head of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and taking a new job that's tied to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Templeton survived a rocky tenure as DNR Director. He was suspended without pay for two weeks last year following the controversy surrounding the delayed release of E. coli test results from the Lake of the Ozarks.
Scott Holste, Governor Nixon's Press Secretary, defends Templeton's tenure.
St. Louis – AA former officer with the St. Louis police department has pleaded guilty to shooting a man outside a Metro East bar.
Bryan Pour, 28, was a probationary officer with the department when he shot and wounded Jeffrey Bladdick of Granite City during a 2008 altercation at Mack and Mick's Sports Bar and Grill in Granite City, which is now closed. Bladdick was apparently intervening in an altercation involving Pour when he was shot.