Jefferson City, Mo. – Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan has been nominated by President Barack Obama as the next U.S. attorney in eastern Missouri. A circuit judge in Jefferson City since 2002, his tenure has included handling high-profile challenges to state laws and ballot initiatives.
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.