St. Louis, MO – 125 people will carry the Olympic torch for 34 miles through St. Louis today (Thursday).
The torch will arrive by plane from Los Angeles this morning; that's where the torch started its run through the U.S. with the help of torchbearers that included actors Slyvster Stallone and Tom Cruise.
The relay in St. Louis will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Gateway Arch.
Kansas City – Missouri highway billboards advertising sex-themed businesses will be a thing of the past. Governor Holden signed a bill Thursday banning them.
Holden said parents should not be forced to answer questions about sex from children who see the racy signs along the highway, and the Democratic leader also says roads will be safer if drivers aren't distracted by the billboards.
Any business that allows nudity or uses at least ten percent of its space to promote pornography is included in the ban.
St. Louis – After a series of public hearings across the Midwest, it was St. Louis' turn Wednesday night to weigh in on an Army Corps of Engineers proposal to expand the Mississippi River lock and dam system.
More than 60 people spoke for and against a plan to spend more than $7 billion to build new locks, lengthen existing ones and restore wildlife habitat. Buddy Compton with the Ingram Barge Company said the lock system built in the 1930's is in urgent need of an upgrade.