The Missouri Department of Transportation is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Motorist Assist, which helps stranded drivers on Missouri's roads and highways.
Last year Motorist Assist handled around 37,000 incidents, including more than 8,000 abandoned vehicles, 7,700 mechanical repairs and around 5,500 tire changes.
A typical Motorist Assist driver will cover about 200 miles per shift. Primary duties include securing the scene, assisting emergency personal, and taking care of the stranded drivers.
Drivers who have been helped by Motorist Assist can thank the operators in person tonight as MoDOT hosts an open house on from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Motorist Assist station at 669 Salt Mill Road, in Chesterfield.
Governors Jay Nixon and Rick Perry gave no ground in their opinion of the Texas Governor's advertising campaign aimed at luring Missouri business to the Lone Star State. The two joined McGraw this morning with both firmly committed to their point of view. Governor Nixon says Texas is simply poaching business, while Rick Perry says it's merely competition in a very competitive arena. Perry also contends that $40-million in business leaves Missouri for Texas every year, although he could not name any of the businesses. Nixon contests that figure and says the bottom line is that states should be competing against the world for a piece of the economic pie, not slicing into each other's portion. Watch the full interviews below.
Developer Paul McKee's NorthSide Regeneration Project remains up in the air. The St. Louis TIF Commission delayed a vote yesterday on changes to the $390 million dollar TIF plan after residents demand more information.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that residents of the near-northside neighborhood spent nearly two hours criticizing McKee for failing to include them in his plans, and at least one key alderman threatened to block the project unless neighborhood concerns are addressed.
McKee says he's held more than 140 community meetings since unveiling plan four years ago.
Fast food workers are expected to walk off the job in 50 cities Thursday, including at least two restaurants in St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an afternoon rally is also planned at the Old Courthouse downtown.
The workers are demanding a $15 per hour pay rate. Striking workers have said that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and Missouri's minimum wage of $7.35 per hour are too low.
Scott DeFife, spokesman for the National Restaurant Association is calling today's strikes "a bit of orchestrated theater." DeFife says it's a move by unions to grow their memberships.
Previous St. Louis-area walkouts took place in May and July.
An important healthcare safety net in St. Louis is laying off more than half its staff.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis ConnectCare has issued 60 day layoff notices to 88 employees, including nurses and other medical personnel. The non-profit organization runs an outpatient clinic at the former St. Louis Regional Medical Center and provides outpatient specialty medical services for the poor.
ConnectCare CEO Melody Eskridge told the Post that about 60 percent of the patients they serve are uninsured and about 23 percent receive Medicaid. She says ConnectCare must reorganized because for financial reasons.
Both Eskridge and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay say the Missouri Legislatures failure to expand Medicaid is at least partly to blame for ConnectCare's bleak financial outlook.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has a message for drivers over the holiday weekend: mind the traffic laws, especially the DUI laws.
Police will conduct Safety Checkpoints, also known as sobriety checks across the city all weekend.
Department officials aren't saying exactly where or when drivers might be stopped, just that it could happen in any city neighborhood, any time between Friday morning and Sunday night.
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A legislative panel studying a possible merger of St. Louis city and county governments is meeting in Clayton to hear public testimony on the idea.
The Joint Interim Committee on St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area Governance and Taxation has a more straightforward mandate than its wordy name: help Missouri lawmakers determine whether combining the two governments into one makes fiscal and political sense.
The city of St. Louis acts as its own county. Merger proponents say a union could save taxpayers money and reduce government duplication.
Wednesday's hearing at the St. Louis County Council chambers in Clayton was scheduled to last more than five hours and consist entirely of public testimony.
A third person has succumbed to injuries from Tuesday's early morning house fire in Mehlville. The St. Louis County Medical Examiner reports that 11 year old Macy Gapsch died from her injuries Wednesday evening.
Maci’s great-grandmother, 79 year old Georgette Gapsch had died around noon Wednesday. The girl's father, 38-year-old Terry "T.J." Gapsch had died Tuesday morning.
The only survivor, Maci’s 13 year old sister, Mia Gapsch had escaped the burning home and ran to neighbor's house to get help. She's in satisfactory condition.
Investigators say the fire began in the basement of the home. But the exact cause is still under investigation.
One jockey has been released from the hospital after a collision at Fairmount Park on Tuesday.
Robert Cummings was jockeying the Number 2 horse Shakkarena when they collided with another horse. Cummings suffered only bruises and was released from the hospital.
The other jockey, Rohan Singh, remains at St. Louis University Hospital with broken ribs and internal injuries--he is expected to be released early next week.
As for the horses, Singh's ride, She's on Her Way was not injured. Cummings' mount was not so lucky. Shakkarena had to be euthanized.
A third woman has come forward with accusations that a St. Louis County nurse's aide sexually assaulted her.
Patients at two separate nursing homes had already accused Walter Martinez of fondling them while he was bathing them. The first two alleged victims were residents at Chesterfield facilities. The third victim says Martinez raped her while she was at a nursing home in St. Louis County.
Martinez confessed to abusing two of the women to Odyssey Hospice, his then-employer. Police say he was a licensed social worker when the alleged abuse happened.
Martinez has been charged with two counts of deviate sexual assault, one count of forcible rape and another count of forcible sodomy.
The St. Louis County Police Department is asking anyone who needs to report an offense against Martinez to call them at 314-889-2341 or to call their local police department.