St. Louis, MO – Owners of several restaurants, smoke shops and other small businesses announced their opposition today to St. Louis County's proposed smoking ban.
Proposition N will be on the county ballot November 3rd. It calls for a ban on smoking in some indoor public places, exempting casinos, smoking lounges at Lambert Airport and drinking establishments that earn 75 percent or more of their sales from alcohol.
St. Louis, MO – Barge traffic on the Mississippi River is at a standstill at Clarksville, Missouri, because of a broken lock and dam.
Machinery at Lock 24 failed early today with a tow boat headed north on the Mississippi still in the lock chamber.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Alan Dooley says that the boat, along with its six barges, has since been released from the chamber. But the lock will likely be shut down until Thursday afternoon.
Kansas City, MO – A recently released survey shows that Missourians are buckling up more often, but their usage rates remain lower than drivers nationally.
Figures from the Missouri Department of Transportation show that 77 percent of Missourians are wearing their seat belts. That's up 1 percentage point from last year and an improvement from 60 percent in 1999. But it's less than the national average.
St. Louis, MO – Martin Luther King Bridge is closed for the next twelve days in an effort to make it safer.
Several cross-over fatalities have occurred on the bridge between St. Louis and East St. Louis. Now the Illinois Department of Transportation is spending one-point-four million dollars to make changes.
IDOT chief engineer Jeff Church says there will now be a barrier between oncoming traffic and fewer, though wider lanes.