St. Louis, MO – In testimony before an interim Missouri senate committee, St. Louis Police Officers' Association president Ron Oldani said the city's residency requirement has contributed to the exodus of 318 officers from the force in the last three years:
"Two hundred of those officers left before retirement," Oldani said. "In the vast majority of cases, they cited residency, lack of affordable housing and high education costs as reasons for leaving."
With the start of deer hunting season this past weekend, thousands of sportsmen are taking to Missouri's woods.
That concerns forestry officials and firefighters, who say the increased human presence in the wilds raises the risk of forest fires. Climate conditions keep Missouri's forests safe from the type of widespread blazes seen recently in southern California.