COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri's first year as the northernmost outpost of the Southeastern Conference cost the school an extra $1 million in unanticipated travel expenses.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Missouri spent $7.1 million on travel in the 2012-13 academic year. That's $1 million more than what athletics officials expected and nearly $2 million more than travel costs during the school's final season in the Big 12 Conference.
Missouri shared the top spot for SEC travel costs with fellow Big 12 exile Texas A&M among the seven SEC public schools that provided data to the Tribune.
Commercial flights from Columbia to most SEC campuses are limited, and the move from the Big 12 eliminated games at three schools within driving distance: Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A new report from a libertarian-leaning think tank rates Missouri's highway system eighth in the nation for overall condition and cost-effectiveness.
The annual survey by the Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation was based on data from 2009, the latest year with full spending statistics available.
With about 34,000 miles of highway under state control, Missouri's is the seventh largest state-administered system in the country.
The report ranked Missouri first in the nation for the condition of rural interstate pavement, but 18th for urban interstate pavement condition. The study also ranks Missouri 16th in urban interstate congestion, 28th in fatality rates and 37th in deficient bridges.
Two O'Fallon, Missouri men face murder charges for their role in a fatal hit-and-run.
Prosecutors say Kevin Labraido Jr and Robert Bathe were involved in a busted drug deal that led to the accident in St. Charles County yesterday. The Police report says the two were trying to buy drugs from someone at the home to Tyler Pinner.
When Bathe and Labraido refused to pay for the drugs, Pinner tried to stop their vehicle. Pinner was dragged a short distance and then run over. Both men are charged with second-degree murder.
Two suspects are awaiting charges after a brief standoff last night.
The incident started just north of highway 70 in Jennings around 7 PM on Wednesday. Police say the suspects drove by a house and fired several shots into the home. Officers tracked the car to a home in Country Club Hills. The SWAT team was called out after the two suspects barricaded themselves in the house.
Those suspects surrendered a short time later and could face charges before the end of the week.
Activities are hitting full swing in downtown at the fair St. Louis. The first of five airshows just started.
There is another show this afternoon at 4PM, then two on Friday, and the final show on Saturday. At 6:30 PM John Henry takes the stage to open for Trace Adkins. Adkins takes the main stage under the Arch at 8 PM. Fireworks follow the show at about 9:20.
The 4th of July in St. Louis means it's time for the VP parade, which kicks off this morning. The parade steps off at 9:30 from 14th and Olive, that's just west of the newly renovated central library. From there, the parade heads north on Tucker, east down Washington Avenue, south on 4th street, then East on Market, where it wraps up at City Garden. Two air shows are also scheduled for today, both at noon and at 4pm. Trace Atkins takes to the stage at 8:00, and once he wraps up, the fireworks are set to begin. 9:20 is the estimated start-time for the fireworks show...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois has suspended non-emergency roadwork to help keep traffic moving over the July Fourth holiday weekend, the most heavily traveled summer holiday.
The Illinois Department of Transportation says the halt to construction began Wednesday afternoon and will continue through Sunday.
Thousands of motorists are expected to travel on state roadways during the holiday period.
Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider says the construction freeze will also improve safety.
Motorists planning their trips will be able to see a list of construction-related lane closures on the department's website.
It is also reminding drivers that work zone speed limits remain in effect even when workers are not present.
ELDORADO, Ill. (AP) - Peabody Energy is identifying a miner killed in an underground coal mine in southern Illinois as a 35-year-old Galatia man.
KFVS-TV reports St. Louis-based Peabody says Nathan Clarida died in the accident Tuesday afternoon in the Wildcat Hills Mine near Eldorado in Illinois' Saline County.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration says Clarida was hit by a ram car that was moving through a ventilation curtain
The 7-year-old Peabody mine, which employs 200 workers, is closed while authorities investigate the man's death.
Peabody said in a statement the accident was a "coal haulage incident."
An autopsy is planned to determine the exact cause of death.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Governor Jay Nixon is requesting a federal major disaster declaration for severe storms that struck Missouri from May 29th to June 10th.
The storms included one that spawned a tornado in the St. Louis area and others that caused widespread flooding.
Nixon's request Wednesday is for public assistance to 30 counties statewide from Barton County on the border with Kansas to St. Louis County. The governor also is requesting individual assistance for Callaway, Lincoln, Montgomery, Osage, Pike, St. Charles and St. Louis counties.
Public assistance allows local officials to seek aid for response and recovery efforts. Individual assistance allows households to seek federal aid for uninsured losses.
A cheerful, joking George Ryan says he feels "wonderful" after being released Wednesday from home confinement.
The former Illinois governor spoke outside his home in Kankakee, saying he felt good, physically and mentally.
The day marked the end of more than five years in federal custody for corruption. In January, the 79 year old was released from an Indiana prison and moved to confinement at his home.
Asked what he's doing now, Ryan says he's writing a book, but didn't elaborate.