St. Louis – Aldermen in the St. Louis suburb of Brentwood have passed an indoor smoking ban.
The board approved the measure 7-1 Monday; it goes into effect January first.
The Brentwood ordinance includes fewer exemptions than a similar ban for all of St. Louis county that takes effect the following day. A smoking ban in St. Louis city also starts at the beginning of the year.
Kirkwood, Clayton, and several other suburbs already prohibit smoking in most indoor public places.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A 970-foot bridge touted as the first project in the nation to be funded by President Obama's federal stimulus package opened today in central Missouri.
The bridge carries State Route 17 over the Osage River in Miller County, near the town of Tuscumbia. Missouri Dept. of Transportation (MoDOT) officials credit the stimulus funds for enabling them to move the $8.3 million project forward.
Jefferson City, MO – A federal judge has ruled that Missouri's ban restricting protests at funerals is unconstitutional.
Monday's ruling affects restrictions targeting a Kansas church whose members have picketed outside the funerals of people killed during the Iraq war. A church leader filed a lawsuit challenging the law.
St. Louis – Federal safety officials investigating a fatal school bus accident are looking at whether seat belts could have helped.
But state officials already recommended seat belts for Missouri school buses five years ago. In 2005, a task force suggested school districts consider buses with factory-installed lap and shoulder belts. That was after two dozen kids were hurt in a school bus wreck in suburban Kansas City.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon is not yet taking a stand on Proposition A, the ballot question that could lead to the elimination of earnings taxes in St. Louis and Kansas City.
The one percent earnings tax is paid by people who either live or work within the city limits of both St. Louis and Kansas City. If Proposition A is approved, voters in each city would get to decide next year whether to keep or dump the tax. And if kept, new referendums would be required every five years.