Jefferson City, MO – A new federal initiative is being launched to improve the overall health and water quality of the Mississippi River Basin.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hand out $320 million in grants in 12 states, including Missouri and Illinois.
Kathleen Logan Smith with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment says there are a number of areas that need to be cleaned up. They include watersheds near Kansas City, Hannibal and down in the Missouri Boot-heel.
St. Louis, MO – The Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council has filed more than a dozen complaints with the Department of Housing and Urban Development against some senior housing providers.
The council analyzed advertisements for senior housing in the St. Louis region. Report author Mira Tanna says that several housing providers unlawfully targeted their marketing by only showing white residents in ads, or using phrases suggesting a preference for Christians or people without disabilities.
St. Louis – Developer Paul McKee has received initial approval for a plan to redevelop a wide swatch of north St. Louis. The St. Louis Tax Increment Finance Commission unanimously voted Wednesday night to approve the largest TIF request in the city's history - $390 million.
McKee wants to build houses, office buildings, and stores across more than two square miles of north St. Louis. Construction would take more than two decades and cost $8 bilion in all.
Urbana, Ill – University of Illinois president B. Joseph White has resigned from his position.
White, who has lead the system for nearly five years, submitted his letter of resignation to the university's Board of Trustees on Wednesday.
He's the latest member of the university's governing system to step down over an admissions scandal where politically connected applicants appeared to be admitted to the university's flagship campus in Urbana ahead of more qualified ones.
St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis County man is facing charges for knowingly having sex with a woman without telling her he was HIV positive.
Orlando Hadley faces six counts of recklessly risking HIV infection of another. The woman involved later found out she was H-I-V positive.
St. Louis County police say Hadley had sexual contact multiple times with the woman. The police also want to hear from anyone who has had sexual contact with Hadley since February - the phone number is 314-889-2341