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:
Some Republicans in the Missouri Senate are blocking legislation to draw down $81 million in federal unemployment benefits.
The funding would go to Missouri residents who've been out of work for more than 79 weeks, and a State House bill authorizing the draw down must be passed by Thursday or else the money will go to other states.
The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would expand the texting-while-driving ban to all motorists, not just those ages 21 or younger.
Although the bill passed, some senators opposed to the ban attached two amendments that have nothing to do with texting-while-driving, in an effort to kill the bill. But both were vehicle-related, so supporters changed the bill's title to include various topics related to motor vehicles.