Jefferson City, Mo. – Mark Templeton is stepping down Wednesday as head of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and taking a new job that's tied to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Templeton survived a rocky tenure as DNR Director. He was suspended without pay for two weeks last year following the controversy surrounding the delayed release of E. coli test results from the Lake of the Ozarks.
Scott Holste, Governor Nixon's Press Secretary, defends Templeton's tenure.
St. Louis – AA former officer with the St. Louis police department has pleaded guilty to shooting a man outside a Metro East bar.
Bryan Pour, 28, was a probationary officer with the department when he shot and wounded Jeffrey Bladdick of Granite City during a 2008 altercation at Mack and Mick's Sports Bar and Grill in Granite City, which is now closed. Bladdick was apparently intervening in an altercation involving Pour when he was shot.
St. Louis – Missouri's two senators and several St. Louis area officials are in China this week in the ongoing effort to get a freight transit hub at Lambert Airport.
Officials had hoped to have a deal by early this summer. Now, Republican Senator Kit Bond and Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, along with members of the Midwest China Hub Commission, are in China again to visit with government and airline officials.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A Cole County judge has refused to block a state law that places new restrictions on Missouri's adult entertainment industry. The new law is one of several that take effect after midnight tonight.
A coalition of strip clubs and adult video stores had asked for a temporary restraining order, saying that the restrictions will cost them millions and result in job losses. Judge Jon Beetem agreed, but ruled that that has nothing to do with constitutional claims of free speech rights.