Jefferson City, Mo. – A transcript released today quotes Missouri's Natural Resources chief as saying there was no health risk over the delay in releasing an E. coli report from the Lake of the Ozarks earlier this year.
According to the transcript, DNR Director Mark Templeton said that delaying the release of the report for a month did not pose a public health risk because bacteria die in lake water after about four days.
St. Louis – Equal housing advocates in St. Louis are accusing a local bank of refusing to provide home mortgages to minorities, an illegal practice typically referred to as "redlining."
Midwest BankCentre has not provided a loan to an African-American borrower in five years, said Mira Tanna of the St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council. That fact, she said, is troubling behavior for an institution that is considered to be a "large bank".
Jefferson City, Mo – Newly released Missouri water records show a spike this year in high bacteria levels at the Lake of the Ozarks.
There are two public beaches at the popular lake. Water quality tests showed E. coli levels high enough to close at least one of the beaches 11 times in 2009. That's more than double the number of times beaches were to be closed between 2003 and 2008.
Jefferson City, Mo – The Missouri Department of Transportation has a new video to help push for funds to rebuild Interstate 70.
The video shows how the layers of rock and soil underneath a highway crumble, even though the driving surface looks good. MoDOT says Interstate 70 is a good example of a road that's gone through its life cycle and now needs to be replaced.
MoDOT officials say several other states have requested permission to use the video.
Jefferson City, Mo – An audit of the Tour of Missouri done by a private company has found the non-profit running the cycling race needs to adopt written policies and procedures for handling its finances.
Gov. Jay Nixon's administration paid $13,000 for the review, which covered all of 2008. The state provided nearly half of the race's $3.3 million budget that year.