St. Louis – The main party candidates in Missouri's Third Congressional District race are getting their fair share of debating in over the scheduling of debates.
The war of words erupted over a press release Republican challenger Ed Martin sent out on Monday, outlining a series of three debates with incumbent Democrat Russ Carnahan. But Carnahan called that release a "scam," and said he had never agreed to those dates.
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.