By Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio/Associated Press
Washington, D.C. – The Senate is sending the first of several promised election-year jobs bills to President Obama for his signature.
The bill approved Wednesday would provide a temporary payroll tax holiday to companies that hire and would pump $20 billion into the federal highway construction fund to make up for low gasoline tax revenues.
Jefferson City, Mo. – More than a hundred people gathered at the State Capitol today to call on Missouri lawmakers to place a moratorium on executions of Death Row inmates.
Among those at the rally was Emily Miller, whose mother, Tracy, was murdered in Kansas in 1978 by Anthony Joe Larette. He confessed to the crime a decade later and was eventually executed in Missouri for the 1980 murder of Mary Fleming.
St. Louis, MO – It's flood season again in Missouri, and Department of Natural Resources spokesman Judd Slivka says high water levels aren't the only thing we need to worry about. Those flood waters? They may be full of disease-causing bacteria.
The contamination builds up as water moves across the floodplain, picking up bird and animal feces, flushing stagnant ponds, and inundating trash dumps.
St. Louis, MO – In Defense of Animals has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, saying the St. Louis Zoo is violating federal law by continuing to breed its elephants, exposing their young to herpes.
In 2009, two of the zoo's calves - Maliha and Jade - tested positive for elephant herpes, an often fatal disease.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Unemployment in Missouri held steady last month at 9.4 percent as the state gained a net 2,300 jobs.
The report from the Department of Economic Development also says February was the 12th straight month in which Missouri's jobless rate was lower than the national average. Unemployment nationwide remained at 9.7 percent last month.
In February Missouri gained 2,200 jobs in health care and social services, as well as 2,100 jobs in private education services.