St. Louis, MO – Even before the latest cold snap - space in a homeless shelter in the St. Louis area had been tough to find. Director of the Housing Resource Center, Katrina Knight, says in the last year demand for homeless shelters has increased by 25-percent. And in the last 18 months, two shelters in St. Louis County have closed. Knight says that means the area has lost more than 100 shelter beds.
Last month, a gunman killed three missionaries in Yemen. And recently, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod World Mission - headquartered in St. Louis - had to evacuate its own missionaries from the Ivory Coast and Venezuela. Each country's situation is different but all have become potentially deadly for missionaries.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers are making gestures to help the state save a little money.
The House yesterday rejected pay raises for lawmakers. The Senate's President Pro Tem, Peter Kinder, says the state should stop paying for travel by Senators to various out-of-state conferences; a move that would save about $80,000.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis' Bi-State Development Agency is changing its name. Beginning February 1st, it will simply be known as Metro .
The bus, van and light rail operator says the new name will better describe what the agency is and what it does. It says it's the final step in a process that began with the debut of Metrolink ten years ago. Services, rates and routes will not be affected by the name change.
Barksdale Air Force Base, La. – A military hearing is over for two Illinois fighter pilots. Former St. Louisan Harry Schmidt and William Umbach are charged with the accidental bombing of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.
St. Louis, MO – Two suspects are in custody after a lengthy standoff at a check-cashing business on the south side of St. Louis. Names of the men have not been released. They were taken into custody at around 2 pm.
St. Louis, MO – The Environmental Protection Agency says St. Louis' air quality has improved to the point that the region may be able to federal standards.
The agency is proposing that St. Louis be designated an air quality attainment area for the first time since 1978. EPA spokesman Tony Petruska says the proposal is based on ozone data from 2000, 2001 and 2002.