St. Louis – Mayor Francis Slay says he expects that city residents will have to decide in April whether to keep St. Louis's one percent earnings tax.
The Secretary of State on Tuesday certified a measure for the November ballot that would require voters in Kansas City and St. Louis to approve their earnings taxes every five years. The measure also includes language that blocks other cities from ever implementing an earnings tax, which Slay said will make efforts to defeat the statewide measure tough.
Jefferson City, Mo. – About 23 percent of Missouri voters turned out for Tuesday's primary elections.
The biggest draw was Proposition C. Nearly 939,000 people cast ballots on the measure saying government cannot require people to have health insurance nor penalize those who do not. It passed with 71 percent of the vote.
The Missouri law conflicts with a federal law requiring most Americans to have health insurance or start facing penalties in 2014.
St. Louis – A measure which could lead to the elimination of earnings taxes in St. Louis and Kansas City will be on the November ballot.
The measure was one of two certified Tuesday by the Missouri Secretary of State. If it's approved in November, voters in St. Louis and Kansas City would decide in November 2011 whether or not to keep their city's earnings tax, which make up a sizable portion of the budget in each city. The measure also prevents other cities from implementing an earnings tax in the future.
St. Louis, MO – They're rolling out the red carpet in suburban St. Louis, the site of the premiere of "The Other Guys," a buddy cop movie starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
The premiere will be Thursday at Wehrenberg Theatres' Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine. St. Louis was chosen in a Facebook poll over five other competitors: Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Dallas and Philadelphia.
Hannibal, MO – Authorities in Hannibal say the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River appears sound after being struck by runaway barges.
An American Commercial Lines tugboat with 12 barges struck the center span of a railroad bridge Monday afternoon. The barges then broke loose and some struck the bridge that carries Interstate 72 traffic over the river.