ST. LOUIS – There are currently three bills that have been filed that would restore local control of the police department two in the Senate and one in the House.
Now, faced with a ballooning budget deficit predicted to reach 1.2 billion in fiscal 2011 the city says it could save $7 million by cutting the strings between the police department and Jefferson City.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Republicans are continuing to sound alarms about the potential cost of federal health care legislation.
Some GOP officials claim a mandatory Medicaid expansion could cost Missouri $250 million a year. Others put the tab at $450 million. Still another estimates it will cost the state nearly $1 billion. But some of their rhetoric may exceed reality.
Springfield, Ill. – Northern Illinois University in DeKalb is approaching the two-year anniversary of a deadly shooting rampage, where a former student killed five people in a lecture hall before turning the gun on himself.
University officials announced plans to tear down and replace Cole Hall, the building where it happened. And former Governor Rod Blagojevich wanted to give the university $40 million. But NIU has yet to receive any funding.
St. Louis, MO – Barges on the Mississippi River are dealing with what some are calling the worst ice conditions in 20 years.
Ice accumulation on the river north of St. Louis has required three barge industry vessels to work constantly to keep the channel open between the Illinois River and the Melvin Price Locks and Dam just south of Alton. Alan Dooley is a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
St. Louis – The Justice Department has sharpened its anti-trust investigation into Monsanto. The St. Louis-based biotech company is under scrutiny for the allegedly monopolizing the seed industry with its Roundup Ready genetic traits.
Monsanto's Roundup Ready soybean seed is genetically modified to withstand powerful herbicide, and it's popular. More than nine out of ten soy seeds planted in the United States carry the trait.
St. Louis – Scott Air Force Base in the Metro East is playing a major role in the aid effort after Tuesday's magnitude seven earthquake in Haiti. Scott is home to the U.S. Transportation Command, which oversees logistics for the entire military. TRANSCOM directs the movement of everything from cargo planes to aircraft carriers, and also works with private contractors to get people and supplies where they need to go.