St. Louis, MO – From salt mines to highway maintenance sheds, workers are ready to help motorists get around as Missouri faces the chance of more snow. The salt industry says a good supply is available for governments and private businesses. Department of Transportation workers spent the day getting the plows and salt-spreaders ready to roll. The National Weather Service predicts two to four inches of snow in the St. Louis area by Saturday night.
Springfield, Ill – Philip Morris USA appealed Wednesday a $10.1 billion consumer fraud verdict to the Illinois Supreme Court.
The company is vowing to defeat the ruling that blames it for tricking Illinois smokers into believing light cigarettes are less harmful than regular ones.
The 87-page brief mailed to the Springfield court dissects the March verdict by Madison County Judge Nicholas Byron that found the company violated the state's consumer fraud law in the way it marketed its Marlboro Lights and Cambridge Lights brands.
St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Board of Education on Tuesday reappointed Marlene Davis to the district's retirement board.
Davis, a former school board president, was set to complete her term at the end of the month. Her reappointment drew criticism from school board member Amy Hilgemann, who questioned Davis' sense of financial responsibility. But board member Rochelle Moore defended Davis' record.
Columbia, Mo. – Missouri Economic Development Director Joe Driskill is stepping down from his position.
Driskill announced Wednesday that he will leave the Department of Economic Development January 1 after ten years in the position. He says it is time for a career shift.
"It was no particular event that precipitated my interest," Driskill said. "This position has been very good for me for the last ten years and I think we've had a very successful effort at our department."