St. Louis – The White House announced $8 billion in grants for rail projects across the country on Thursday, including a high-speed corridor between St. Louis and Chicago and track upgrades between St. Louis and Kansas City.
All told $1.1 billion dollars will go toward upgrading Amtrak's Chicago to St. Louis route, enabling up to eight round trips daily at speeds up to 110 mph.
$31 million will fund track, bridge and crossing upgrades between St. Louis and Kansas City.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Gaming Commission has voted unanimously to revoke the license of the President Casino in downtown St. Louis.
The century-old Admiral riverboat that houses the President Casino is located within walking distance of the much-larger and more lavish Lumiere Place Casino. Both properties are owned by the same company, Pinnacle Entertainment of Las Vegas.
St. Louis, MO – There's a new master plan in place for rejuvenating the Jefferson Barracks complex in south St. Louis County.
The results of a year-long study of the 1,000-acre complex were unveiled Monday night. Supporters are hoping that a $68-million public-private investment over 20 years will turn Jefferson Barracks into a nationally-known military history attraction.
St. Louis, MO – A congressionally mandated panel says the United States isn't ready for a biological terrorist attack.
The Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism gives the Obama administration a failing grade for its efforts to prepare for and respond to a biological attack, such as the release of deadly viruses or bacteria.
The commission's vice-chairman, former Missouri Senator Jim Talent, says the U-S government is not where it needs to be.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Several bills designed to improve ethics in Missouri politics were the subject of hearings Tuesday at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers from both parties are sponsoring bills they say will remove corrupting influences from the way state government is run, from banning gifts to lawmakers to hiring a full-time investigator for the Missouri Ethics Commission.
State Representative Kevin Wilson (R, Neosho) chairs a special committee set up to oversee ethics reform.