Missouri's housing agency has rejected a proposal to bypass new federal wage standards for tornado recovery projects.
A Missouri Housing Development Commission recovery plan requires workers on state-subsidized projects to be paid the prevailing federal wage used on federally funded public works projects. Those wages rose substantially in September.
Nixon wants Mo. universities to consider tapping into reserves to plug hole in budget
Gov. Jay Nixon wants five Missouri universities to consider tapping their reserves and provide funding to the state's higher education system. Nixon's proposal would call for the universities to provide the state $107 million from their reserves. The state would use that money to help avoid deep funding cuts to Missouri's public colleges and universities. The state would repay the schools over seven years with money from the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority.
Motorola Solutions has been awarded a $75 million contract to design a radio system for first responders in St. Louis County.
The system will allow more than 150 police departments, fire departments, paramedics and other public safety agencies to communicate directly with each other by radio. Officials say their inability to do that makes it difficult to respond to disasters effectively.
A private school in the city of St. Louis is offering a full ride to the child of a police or firefighter in the city.
City Academy's director of development, Ginger Imster, says school officials decided to offer the one-year scholarship after listening to testimony at a special legislative hearing on education held at the North City school earlier this year.
More than $44 million in federal transportation money is headed to Illinois for two projects in the Chicago area and one in Alton in southern Illinois.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is to announce the funding Thursday at a Chicago "L" station with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It's part of more than a half-billion dollars in federal transportation funding for 46 projects in 33 states.