Washington, DC – The $318 billion highway bill that passed the U.S. Senate Thursday includes $50 million specifically for a new Mississippi River Bridge, just north of downtown.
Missouri Senator Kit Bond, who helped write the highway spending legislation, says that means other road projects won't have to compete as much for the rest of the money the state will get. The bridge has long been a top regional priority and considered first in line to get any federal highway money.
St. Louis – Missouri State Treasurer Nancy Farmer Thursday brought her U.S. Senate campaign to St. Louis. The Democrat is trying to unseat three-term Republican Kit Bond.
Farmer says throughout her public life, she has not forgotten her poor, working-class roots.
"In the House, I sponsored and passed a bill to prevent youth violence," Farmer said. "As chair of the Ways and Means Committee, I led the fight to repeal the state sales tax on groceries, which to this day is the largest and fairest tax cut in Missouri's history."
St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis State Representative will not be charged for an incident last May. That's when Democrat Rodney Hubbard was arrested after a man accused him of shooting a gun at his car after an altercation.
But investigators say the accuser, Tyrus Williams, is a twice-convicted drug offender who lied during questioning. That raises doubts that Hubbard did anything wrong, investigators say.
Scott Air Force Base, ILL. – Scott Air Force Base, in the Metro East, is getting ready for a major housing expansion.
The Air Force will hire a private company to build about 500 new houses off base and renovate a yet unknown number of on base homes.
The plan is part of an Air Force-wide initiative that's expected to save the government $7 billion. Tanya Winters, who lives on base, hopes that wherever her family is relocated, they'll still have the same amenities they have now.
Missouri is one of just 13 states without a mandatory DNA sampling program. But a plan moving through the General assembly this Spring would require DNA samples from thousands of convicted cirminals each year. Matt Hackworth prepared this report.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House initially approved legislation Wednesday that lowers the standards children must reached to be deemed proficient on standardized tests.
Missouri's current definition of "proficient" applies to students who actually perform ahead of their grade levels on the tests. Supporters say the change would make it easier to see how Missouri children compare with those in other states.