Kansas City, MO – A recently released survey shows that Missourians are buckling up more often, but their usage rates remain lower than drivers nationally.
Figures from the Missouri Department of Transportation show that 77 percent of Missourians are wearing their seat belts. That's up 1 percentage point from last year and an improvement from 60 percent in 1999. But it's less than the national average.
St. Louis, MO – Martin Luther King Bridge is closed for the next twelve days in an effort to make it safer.
Several cross-over fatalities have occurred on the bridge between St. Louis and East St. Louis. Now the Illinois Department of Transportation is spending one-point-four million dollars to make changes.
IDOT chief engineer Jeff Church says there will now be a barrier between oncoming traffic and fewer, though wider lanes.
St. Louis, MO. – The St. Louis Police Department has lost two more police officers to corruption charges.
The U.S. Attorney's office Friday announced the indictment of officers Christian Brezell and Ronald Jackson. Both face charges of stealing merchandise from a theft suspect, who was cooperating with the FBI.
Department spokeswoman Erica Van Ross says Brezill was terminated last month and Jackson retired last week under investigation.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The chairman of the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee is calling on Governor Jay Nixon to consider providing more money for the Career Ladder program this year when new revenue estimates come in.
Career Ladder provides extra income to teachers who take on extra duties, but the program is funded retroactively: Money for the current school year won't be provided until Fiscal Year 2010.
Viburnum, Mo – The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has placed a lead and zinc mine in Missouri on notice because of ongoing health and safety violations.
The Doe Run Company owns the Buick Mine. It's one of 10 on a list released yesterday by the MSHA. Mine inspectors say they've found potential patterns of violations that could lead to serious illness or injuries.
Doe Run has 90 days to come up with corrective plans, or face more rigorous inspections and stricter enforcement of safety laws.