Missouri

Mercury Pollution
5:09 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Illinois, Missouri among nation's top mercury polluters

A screen capture of the cover of the report from Environment Missouri on mercury pollution. (Environment Missouri website)

Updated at 5:00 p.m. with comment from Ameren Missouri.

A new report suggests that power plants in Illinois and Missouri are among the nation’s top emitters of mercury pollution.

Mercury can cause serious health problems for both wildlife and people who eat contaminated fish.

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Saving for College
1:33 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Missouri college savings plan becomes cheaper for participants

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, left, announces changes to Missouri's college savings plan, MOST 529. (Julie Bierach, St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri's college savings plan will now have lower administrative costs.

At a press conference at the University of Missouri St. Louis today, Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced a new five-year management agreement with Upromise Investments and Vanguard that will decrease the cost of the MOST 529 plan by 44 percent. The partnership is estimated to save Missourians $18.5 million.

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Texting While Driving
10:37 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Mo. Senate panel approves bill banning texting for all drivers

A bill approving the banning of texting for all drivers, not just those aged 21 and younger, has been approved by the Missouri Senate. (via Flickr/MrJasonWeaver)

A Missouri Senate committee has approved legislation that bars all drivers from texting while driving.

Currently, only drivers 21 years old and younger are prohibited from sending cell phone text messages while driving.

But what's the problem with that system according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol?

It's hard to tell how old a driver is if an officer sees them texting.

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Mo. Voter ID
5:07 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Attorney vows challenge if Mo. enacts voter ID law

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

An attorney who successfully challenged Missouri's photo ID law for voters in 2006 plans a new legal argument if the requirement is revived.

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State of the State
10:31 am
Thu January 20, 2011

2011 Missouri State of the State Address

As seen through a door, Mo. Governor Jay Nixon delivers the State of the State speech to the legislature in the House of Represenatives chambers at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. on January 19, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon is calling for cuts to higher education, fewer state jobs, and holding public school funding at its current level in his proposed state budget for next year. But he kept his State of the State Address upbeat while acknowledging that Missouri is still in a financial hole.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin reports.

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Recount Bill
11:31 am
Tue January 11, 2011

Mo. bill lowers threshold for election recounts

Did your favorite Missouri candidate lose a close election?

Well, a southern Missouri lawmaker wants to make it harder for close-election losers to get an automatic recount.

Currently, candidates for public office in Missouri can request a recount if they lose by less than 1 percent point of the total vote.

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Statewide Tobacco Study
6:05 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Tobacco use study underway, largest on adult health in Mo. history

A tobacco use study involving every county in Mo. is underway. (via Flickr/LawPrieR)
LawPrieR Flickr

The largest adult health study ever conducted in Missouri is underway across the state. The topic? Tobacco use and the diseases it causes.

The Missouri Foundation for Health is providing close to $2 million in funding for the telephone survey, which is expected to include more than 52,000 people.

Missouri Foundation for Health program officer Matthew Kuhlenbeck says the survey is a follow-up to a similar study conducted in 2007.

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MO Statehouse
3:47 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Tom Schweich sworn in as Mo. State Auditor

Mo. Auditor Tom Schweich is sworn into office by Judge Gary Gaertner Jr. of the Eastern District State Appeals Court. Holding the Bible during the ceremony are Schweich’s daughter Emilie and son Tom Jr. (Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri has a new State Auditor.

Tom Schweich was sworn in today during a ceremony inside the State Capitol Rotunda. 

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MoDOT in 2011
7:08 am
Tue December 28, 2010

The year ahead for MoDOT

Cracks are seen in the shoulder of I-70 near the exit to the Providence Road in Columbia, Mo. The budget for the Missouri Department of Transportation is expected to drop by nearly half in 2011. (Via Flickr/ KOMUnews, Manu Bhandari)
(Via Flickr/ KOMUnews, Manu Bhandari)

Some major road projects will keep the Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractors busy next year. But that all changes in 2012.


In 2011, crews will complete a new ramp connecting Interstate 270 and Page Avenue, says Bill Schnell, MoDOT's assistant district engineer in the St. Louis area. They'll also finish MoDOT's portion of the Route 141 extension in West County.

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Property Tax Appeal
7:30 am
Fri December 24, 2010

Property tax appeal application deadline looming

Missouri homeowners who bought their properties after June 13th of this year and think the assessed values were too high can file appeals, due to a change in the tax code. (via Flickr/faul)

Missouri homeowners who bought their properties after June 13th of this year and think the assessed values were too high can file appeals, due to a change in the tax code.  But there's a catch.


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