St. Louis – Big Bend Road was closed at Interstate 64 Monday morning, and contractors began tearing down the overpass there to make way for a new bridge.
Big Bend will be closed for six months. For part of that time, Hanley Road will remain closed as well, leaving Brentwood Boulevard and McCausland Ave. as the main north-south routes across the highway in that area.
Project spokeswoman Linda Wilson said the dual closures were unavoidable.
Jefferson City, MO – African-Americans in Missouri are still more likely to be stopped in traffic by authorities than any other racial group, according to a report released today by the State Attorney General's office.
The report shows that African-American drivers in 2008 were 67 percent more likely to be pulled over than were white or Hispanic drivers.
Attorney General Chris Koster says the numbers are disproportionate to Missouri's black population.
Jefferson City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon says he's begun reviewing Missouri's budget for Fiscal Year 2010.
The $23 billion spending plan includes $785 million in federal stimulus funding to help support various needs.
"We will go through (the budget) line-by-line...we will make sure that the income we have matches the out-go...I expect to have to trim some of the things in that budget, so it's going to be a painstaking process," Nixon said.
Jefferson City, MO – Tractor parades are now legal in Missouri.
Flanked by a bright green, 1951 John Deere Model "A", Governor Jay Nixon signed a bill into law that allows cities and towns in the Show-Me State to hold tractor parades.
"Agriculture has been the backbone of Missouri's economy ever since statehood...tractor parades give Missourians the chance to see the wonderful pieces of machinery that helped make Missouri an agricultural powerhouse," Nixon said.
Washington University is opening what it says could be the country's most energy efficient building at its research facility south of St. Louis Friday.
The Living Learning Building is one of about 60 projects competing in a Green Building Council competition to create a net-zero water and energy use building. The facility uses solar panels to generate electricity, rainwater for drinking and is built with local materials.