St. Louis – Federal, state and local dignitaries gathered on the Eads Bridge in St. Louis Monday to ceremonially start construction on the new Mississippi River bridge.
Work on the $670 million span began in February, but a snowstorm canceled the groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for that month. When it's completed in 2014, the bridge will carry Interstate 70 traffic over the Mississippi River north of downtown. I-70 currently crosses the Poplar Street Bridge, which carries two other interstates as well.
St. Louis, MO – State officials have confirmed the first Missouri case of "White Nose Syndrome," a fungal disease that has killed as many as 2 million bats in the Eastern U.S. over the past three years.
Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the fungus in a little brown bat found in a private cave in Pike County, about 80 miles northwest of St. Louis.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Board of Curators has voted to keep in-state tuition for University of Missouri System undergraduates at current levels next year, but raise tuition for nonresidents and for graduate students.
The move honors a deal made by Governor Jay Nixon to freeze tuition in exchange for limiting budget cuts to around $50 million, and it comes days after the State Senate reversed plans to make deeper cuts.