JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has released $1 million in state funding to help rebuild a northeast Missouri vocational school destroyed by fire.
Lawmakers included funding for the Pike-Lincoln Technical Center in the current year's budget, but Nixon vetoed the appropriation.
The Legislature overrode the veto in September. But Nixon then froze the spending while determining if there was enough money in a particular fund to pay for it and whether the fund could legally be used for the project.
Nixon's budget director said Monday that the $1 million for the school had been released last week.
POTOSI, Mo. (AP) - A 1-year-old girl is dead after a weekend driveway accident in St. Francois County.
KMOV-TV reports that the Potosi child was run over outside a home near Desloge on Sunday evening.
Police say the toddler got out of a parked car, which then rolled backward and hit her. She was flown to St. Louis Children's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
One of the largest employers in the St. Louis area might be forced to furlough its workers if the government shutdown.
Boeing spokesman Dan Beck tells the St. Louis Business Journal that the company's workforce reductions could be caused by customer-issued, stop-work orders, funding cuts, or a shortage of government inspectors. Boeing's workers at its Hazelwood-based Defense, Space & Security unit would be the ones affected by the furloughs.
The unit has over 15,000 full-time employees in St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police are looking for suspects in the deaths of two people at a bar.
Police say the two victims were at Starz Bar separately when shootings began early Sunday.
The victims were identified as 45-year-old Timothy Blair of north St. Louis County and 32-year-old Kemesa Newble of East St. Louis.
Police say a fight began inside the bar and all of the patrons were asked to leave.
Blair was standing with a group of men when he was shot in the abdomen by an unknown male. Newble was inside her car when she was caught in a crossfire between two men. Both died later at St. Louis hospitals.
The suspects fled on foot.
CREVE COEUR, Mo. (AP) - The world headquarters of agriculture company Monsanto was the site of a weekend demonstration organized by opponents of genetically modified food.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1cg8Kro) reports that 500 demonstrators marched to the company's Creve Coeur global headquarters, where they chanted anti-Monsanto slogans and waded into street traffic Saturday.
Organizers of the "March Against Monsanto" want the company to label food containing genetically modified ingredients.
Monsanto released a statement before the protest in which it highlighted its "contribution to improving agriculture by helping farmers produce more from their land while conserving natural resources such as water and energy."
Amid recent controversies, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley could be facing off against a new challenger in 2014. The St. Louis Beacon reports that County Council member Steve Stenger, a Democrat from Affton, may announce his intentions to run against Dooley as early as tomorrow. Stenger is expected to be backed by area labor leaders and possibly St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, who said he would not endorse Dooley for reelection. Dooley's administration has come under fire as of late for an embezzlement scheme committed by a top health department administrator and for the FBI's investigation into questions surrounding the bidding process for contracts in the building of the county's crime lab.
St. Louis saw an increase in the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline last week.
According to GasBuddy.com's daily survey of 983 gas outlets in St. Louis, prices have risen 7.5 cents per gallon in the last seven days. The average per gallon was $3.08 on Sunday.
The national average fell 1.4 cents per gallon last week to $3.37 per gallon, so St. Louis is still 29 cents lower than the national average.
Prices on Sunday were 48.8 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and 17.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.
The website reports that with the federal shutdown continuing, there will be less data available this week as the government is not expected to release a weekly report on changes in supply and demand.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Springfield zookeeper will be laid to rest near St. Louis on Tuesday.
The funeral for 62-year-old John Bradford will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home in De Soto, southwest of St. Louis. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.
Bradford died Friday when he was hit by an elephant at the Dickerson Park Zoo. The city has said Bradford and other zookeepers were following procedures when the elephant, name Patience, suddenly moved toward Bradford, crushing him.
Bradford worked at the zoo for 30 years.
Zoo officials say the elephant will not be euthanized and no disciplinary action will be taken.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Entities affiliated with the Roman Catholic church have contributed more than $300,000 toward a Missouri ballot initiative that would authorize state tax credits benefiting private schools.
Records at the state Ethics Commission show the group Missourians for Children's Education was established this past week to support the potential 2014 ballot initiative.
It was launched with a $300,000 contribution from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and more than $11,000 from the Missouri Catholic Conference.
The initiative would allow a 50 percent tax credit for businesses and individuals who donate to nonprofit organizations that provide scholarships for children to attend private schools or that provide financial aid for public school programs.
Up to $90 million of tax credits would be allowed annually.
NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) - Several southwest Missouri school districts that have planned new safe rooms since a deadly May 2011 tornado destroyed much of Joplin say their projects could be delayed by the federal shutdown.
In Neosho that means more than $10 million in projects are on hold because there's nobody at the Federal Emergency Management Agency that can approve the work. Similar projects in Webb City, Avilla and Joplin also are in limbo because of the shutdown.
The Joplin Globe reports school officials believe a delay in awarding contracts could mean construction on the safe rooms might have to be pushed back until next year.
An architect for several of the projects says it takes six to eight weeks to complete the bid process after FEMA approves of the designs.