Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt has announced he will certify the results from the November 5th election this Thursday, November 21, in Jefferson City. Once the results are certified and Blunt and Missouri Governor Holden have signed the certificate it will be sent to the President of the U.S. Senate. Jim Talent will then be eligible to be sworn in as Missouri's next Junior Senator, that's because the senate race was a special election.
Washington, D.C. – In her last formal speech from the Senate floor Monday, Missouri Senator Jean Carnahan called her farewell a bittersweet moment. Carnahan says the 107th Congress addressed many important issues such as education reform and campaign finance laws, all while enduring difficulties such as anthrax attacks and heightened security. She says as the next Congress takes up the task without her, her prayers will be with them.
St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Public Service Commission will host a hearing in St. Louis today to hear public comment on Laclede Gas's plans for a low-income assistance program.
The Catch-Up/Keep-Up plan would divert some money the company gets through pipeline discounts away from customers and into a special fund to help low-income customers catch up with their overdue bills.
The public can comment at the Wainwright State Office Building today at noon in room 116.
St. Louis, MO – Now that Lambert Airport in St. Louis has federal employees screening passengers, officials are working to next install enough x-ray machines to screen all luggage. Bill Switzer, who oversees the security at Lambert, says the airport will meet the December 31 deadline to screen all luggage. He says 59 new screening machines will be installed throughout the airport.
Columbia, MO – Retiring University of Missouri President Manuel Pacheco may be considered to be the new president of the University of New Mexico, even though Pacheco says he's not interested.
The Columbia Daily-Tribune reports a group looking for Hispanics to apply for the job plans to submit Pacheco's name to the New Mexico search committee. But Pacheco said in an e-mail to the newspaper he's not interested.
St. Louis, MO – Environmentalists are hailing the St. Louis Board of Aldermen's decision Friday to give preliminary approval to a bill that would ban the incineration of medical waste in the city.
The measure requires the Stericycle Company to shut down its incinerator in north St. Louis and process the waste through environmentally safer alternatives. One such method is autoclaving, or steam treating the waste for later disposal at a landfill.
Last week's election brought good news for Missouri Republicans.
The GOP took control of the Missouri House for the first time in almost a half century. A majority of State Representatives will be newcomers next year, thanks in part to term limits forcing out many lawmakers.