Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has added a statewide ban on red-light traffic cameras to a broad transportation bill.
Republican Jim Lembke of St. Louis has tried for years to ban the cameras. Senators approved his amendment by a 23-8 vote Monday, but Senate leaders later voiced skepticism about its chances of staying in the bill.
The measure still needs final votes in the Senate and House.
Senators also added an amendment to end mandatory vehicle inspections every two years.
St. Louis – Gov. Jay Nixon says an executive order he signed last April has saved the state $3 million.
The order requires all agencies in state-owned buildings to reduce their energy consumption by 2 percent a year for the next 10 years, and applies to about 1,000 buildings statewide. Since 2009, Nixon said, the state has reduced its consumption by 5.6 percent, mostly by reducing electricity use.
St. Louis – The five design team finalists in the Arch grounds competition will be in St. Louis this week.
The groups will tour the city and meet with technical advisers about the project. Then on Wednesday night they'll take part in "Meet the Design Teams, "an event at the Roberts Orpheum Theater to be moderated by sportscaster Joe Buck.