St. Louis, MO – A Gulf Coast environmentalist group is using the BP oil spill in an effort to fuel support for renewable energy.
Gulf Voices held a discussion Thursday in St. Louis, stressing that the oil gusher affects more than just the Gulf. Rick Roberts, who belongs to an environmental angler organization, said the spill is a sign that the U.S. needs to reduce their dependence on oil.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The special session of the Missouri General Assembly is over.
Both the House and Senate have passed bills to provide auto incentives and to revamp state pensions.
The pension bill requires newly-hired state workers to contribute four percent of their pay and be employed at least a decade to qualify for retirement benefits. It also raises the retirement age to 67. Exceptions will exist for state troopers and lawmakers.
Houston – For the first time in nine years, the nation's second-largest Lutheran denomination has a new president.
Delegates for the suburban St. Louis-based Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod elected the Rev. Matthew Harrison as president during their convention in Houston Tuesday. He defeated the incumbent, Dr. Gerald Kieschnick, by a vote of 54 percent to 43 percent.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has been signing dozens of bills into law since the regular legislative session ended in May. But two controversial bills remain unsigned as Wednesday's deadline approaches.
One of those bills deals with ethics. Provisions include restricting political committee-to-committee money transfers and allowing the Missouri Ethics Commission to launch investigations. But it does not include restoring limits on campaign contributions.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri residents soon could have more chances to play bingo. Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation Tuesday letting bingo parlors open earlier, close later and offer games twice a week instead of just once. The bill also increases the amount of money bingo operators can spend on advertising.
St. Charles, MO – The Katy Trail and other bike paths have made St. Charles County a popular destination for bicyclists, but the county council is considering banning bikes from some roadways, a move that is drawing both kudos and anger.
The proposal would ban bikes from highways D, DD, F, Z and part of Route 94, mostly in the Defiance area.
These roadways have no shoulders. Supporters of the ban, including sponsoring council member Joe Brazil, say biking there is unsafe for both bikes and cars.