Nixon said Wednesday he has requested a federal major disaster declaration for parts of southern and northern Missouri struck by tornadoes, hail and high winds on Feb. 28 and 29. The weather was blamed for three deaths, dozens of injuries and widespread property damage.
Mo. House member proposes restriction on vasectomies
A Missouri House member frustrated with recent legislative debates over birth control and reproductive health is proposing to restrict vasectomies.
Legislation sponsored by Democrat Stacey Newman would only allow vasectomies when they are necessary to protect a man from serious injury or death. The vasectomies would have to be performed in a hospital, ambulatory surgery center or health facility licensed by the state Department of Health and Senior Services.
A new report from Environment Missouri presents data on U.S. federally-declared weather disasters from 2006 to 2011, and says climate change will make extreme weather events like droughts and storms more common – and more severe.
State advocate for Environment Missouri, Ted Mathys, says 2011 was a particularly bad year for extreme weather in Missouri and across the country.
A winter weather advisory is in effect until midnight. The National Weather Service says the winter storm will bring snow into Central Missouri this morning and will spread eastward across the St. Louis area during the day and continue into tonight.
Thirty years after a massive snow storm that paralyzed the St. Louis area for several days, many in the Gateway City have been spending time outdoors in shorts and T-shirts.
Temperatures reached into the 60s on Monday, a far cry from the scene on Jan. 30, 1982. That year, some parts of the region got up to 2 feet of snow that caused thousands of power outages. Some people were stranded for weeks inside their homes.
Forecasters expect highs again in the 60s today. Temperatures are expected to fall off - but not much - through the rest of the work week.
The year 2011 got off to a strange start following a rare winter tornado on New Year's Eve. It was one of a number of severe weather events during the cold weather months, followed by the F-4 tornado that hit north St. Louis County and Lambert Airport in April, and plenty of flooding.
Mo. lawmakers to consider changes to school funding formula
Legislative leaders say addressing Missouri's school funding formula is one of their top priorities for the annual session that starts Wednesday.
Because of tight budgets there has not been enough money in recent years to fully fund the education formula. That has prompted concern that the distribution of the money could benefit certain districts at the expense of others.
Missouri lawmakers began pre-filing bills today for next year’s legislative session, which begins January 4th.
One bill was influenced by the deadly Joplin tornado. If passed, it would allow Missouri residents to deduct up to $5,000 from their state income taxes for building storm shelters on their properties. It’s sponsored by State Representative Terry Swinger (D, Caruthersville).