St. Louis – A ban on smoking in St. Louis city is one step closer to the mayor's desk.
In a debate that lasted more than three hours and featured several procedural snarls, aldermen failed to remove an exemption for casinos from the ban. But they did increase the size of small bars that will be exempt from the ban for five years.
St. Louis – St. Louis County emergency officials say Proposition E911 is about protecting the public.
On November 3, county voters will decide whether to approve a new communications system for emergency responders. It would be paid for and maintained with a one-tenth of one percent sales tax increase.
St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch said it's long overdue.
St. Louis – Mark Mallen has been a travel agent in St. Louis for 35 years. And his job was much easier back in 1974, when dozens of airlines like Ozark, Braniff, Eastern and TWA operated flights out of Lambert Airport.
"You could fly non-stop to places like Acapulco and Mexico City, and then as the years went on TWA added flights non-stop to London, to Frankfurt, to Paris, to Honolulu, to Maui," Mallen said.
Springfield, IL – It's no surprise given the commercials already airing around the state. But today Governor Pat Quinn officially announced his candidacy.
Quinn says Illinois has weathered the economic, budget and confidence crisis it was facing when he took over from Rod Blagojevich.
"And over the last nine months, we've begun to mend the flaws of our government and restore public confidence in the integrity and honor of the governor's office," Quinn told supporters in Springfield.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 28 Missouri counties to be federal disaster areas, due to storms and flooding that hit the Show-Me State between February and July.
Farmers in those 28 counties, and in 47 adjacent counties, can apply for federal disaster loans and other assistance.
Scott Holste is Press Secretary for Governor Jay Nixon.
St. Louis – Legislation authorizing a massive redevelopment project on the north side of St. Louis sailed through another step in the approval process Thursday, as the Board of Aldermen's Housing, Urban Development, and Zoning committee voted nearly unanimously to give developer Paul McKee the right to rebuild 1500 acres in north city.
St. Louis – An environmental group says the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has turned a blind eye to toxic chemicals that are being dumped into the state's streams.
A report from the research and advocacy group Environment America comes on the heels of a similar study from the New York Times. Both studies suggest that regulators across the country of failing to enforce the Federal Clean Water Act.