St. Louis – A new report from state auditor Susan Montee finds that while it may have been legal, some of the spending done by Florissant Mayor Robert Lowry may not have been in the best interest of the city.
Montee released her review of the city Tuesday night. The Democrat, who is running for re-election, audited Florissant at the request of nearly 3,000 citizens who signed a petition over two years.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Federal aid for Missouri's schools and health care needs is on the way, after the U.S. House today passed a $26 billion spending package.
Missouri's piece of the pie totals about $398 million: $189 million is designated for K-12 schools for the school year now getting underway. The rest, $209 million, will help cover the state's Medicaid costs. Linda Luebbering is Missouri's Budget Director.
St. Louis – The St. Louis Zoo is investigating the death of a 25-year-old male orangutan.
Juara, who was an unusually large orangutan at 375 pounds, died Aug. 3rd after a physical examination, said Zoo vice president Eric Miller. Though an exact cause won't be known until a necropsy is complete, Miller said Juara likely suffered respiratory failure, a complication of the anesthesia that is routinely given to animals like orangutans to make exams safer for veterinarians.
Lake St. Louis, MO – Auctioneers going through boxes at a suburban St. Louis home yesterday found a live World War II hand grenade.
The St. Charles County bomb squad came to Lake St. Louis and disposed of the weapon. Lake St. Louis Police Chief Mike Force said older ordnance can be unstable because of corrosion.
The homeowner was an appraiser for an antique store before moving recently to an assisted living facility. The auction company also found Civil War cannonballs and a collection of 300 swords inside the home.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri shoppers this weekend took advantage of the state's annual sales tax holiday on back-to-school items, which included clothing, school supplies and computers.
The three-day event, now in its seventh year, remains popular with shoppers, according to both state officials and store owners. David Overfelt of the Missouri Retailers Association says foot traffic was heavy in stores across the state.
St. Louis – The dean of the Washington University law school will help oversee the $20 billion trust fund that will pay for damage claims relating to the BP oil disaster.
Kent Syverud and his fellow trustee, retired federal judge John S. Martin, will not decide who should be compensated for damages. That's up to administrator Kenneth Feinberg. The duo will ensure that the money in the trust is invested appropriately and available to pay the claims Feinberg approves.