Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed legislation that would mandate insurance coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorders.
Lawmakers had said that autism legislation would be a top priority this year. The bill would require insurance providers in Missouri to cover up to $36,000 a year for behavioral therapy for kids age 18 and younger with autism.
St. Louis – The latest renovation at Lambert Airport will leave just two of the airport's four concourses open to the public in the main terminal.
The $50 million face lift is the largest since Lambert's main terminal opened in 1956. The security checkpoints and ticket counters will be reconfigured, and the concourses will have new lighting, flooring and signage. All the restrooms will also be updated.
Arnold, Mo. – Owners of a Jefferson County landfill that stopped accepting waste more than 30 years ago are notifying nearby property owners of possible increases in methane gas.
Valley Disposal oversees the site in Arnold. Monitoring wells showed elevated levels of methane. As a result, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources says owners of 94 neighboring properties are being notified by letter this week.
St. Louis, MO – Officials from the Obama administration are criss-crossing the country this week to mark the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Among the $787 billion stimulus package, $35 million is being spent rehabilitating a World War II-era munitions factory into a new, energy efficient office building for the Social Security Administration in St. Louis.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow laws requiring DNA collections from criminals to be applied retrospectively.
The Missouri Constitution forbids retrospective laws that mandate new restrictions or requirements based on past actions. The prohibition contributed to a recent State Supreme Court ruling that invalidated some sex offender restrictions.