Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:
A State Senate committee spent several hours last night (Wednesday) discussing legislation that would allow utility companies in Missouri to charge customers for a site permit for a proposed nuclear power plant. The reactor would be built by St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri and would be located next to the company’s reactor near Fulton. The price tag for the site permit is around $40 million. Opponents included Jean Blackwood of the Sierra Club:
Those reports are important because they outline existing problems, McCaskill says, but the specifics on dealing with those problems have to come from veterans. And that's where her new customer satisfaction survey comes in.
"I really want to see this through the eyes of veterans. I want to know how they feel on an individual basis about the services they’re receiving, and I think that's going to be a very good measure of the work we have to do, she says."
Sen. Claire McCaskill is asking for stricter oversight of a popular U.S. college exchange program after a federal investigation revealed that some non-existent universities are using the program to bring thousands of people into the country illegally.
Missouri's U.S. Senators have sent a joint letter to President Obama urging the president to grant Governor Jay Nixon's request to declare 64 Missouri counties federal disaster areas after this winter's heavy snowfall.
As veterans stand near, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) unveils her new program, Veterans Healthcare Expirence Program (VHEP), that is intended to improve healthcare at the John Cochran Medical Center in St. Louis on Feb. 22, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)