SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois transit advocates are proposing a plan to fix the state's deteriorating roads through a new tax that would raise the price at the gas pump, The Associated Press has learned.
The Transportation for Illinois Coalition says the $800 million dollar a year plan is necessary to get a toehold on needed repairs to roads, bridges and rails.
The influential group is pushing legislation to replace the current 19 cents per gallon motor fuel tax with a 9.5 percent wholesale tax. It would add about 14 cents to today's price of a gallon of gas.
Coalition co-chairman Doug Whitley laid out the plan for the AP in advance of making it public.
The proposal would also increase vehicle licensing fees.
Bill Fleishli of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association says the fuel tax would hurt business.
Wednesday, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney announced charges against a suspect in one Tuesday night shooting.
Davonta Coleman faces several charges after allegedly shooting six people outside of a north St. Louis home around 10:30 Tuesday night. The victims told police that two cars stopped in front of the house and Coleman got out of one vehicle and started shooting.
The incident could be the result of a dispute between two families, but the investigation continues.
UPDATE at 4:05 PM: Police say that James Moon was last seen Tuesday afternoon in Lincoln County, MO. Officers believe he could be trying to get to Iowa.
A St. Charles County family is asking for help to find an elderly man who has been missing for a day.
81-year-old James Moon has been missing since 5:30 Tuesday morning. He was last seen at his house near Highway Y in O'Fallon, Missouri. Moon suffers from dementia and is diabetic. His family says he is does not drive and is probably disoriented.
Moon is 5'10" and weighs 140 pounds. He could be wearing blue jeans and a khaki colored cap. It is possible he is trying to hitchhike to his old home in Ste. Genevieve.
Anyone with information should call the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department at 636-949-0809.
Mizzou is looking for a new Chancellor. Brady Deaton announced he will leave the position effective November 15.
Deaton became chancellor in 2004 and will continue to serve as chancellor emeritus. The school has not named a successor.
St. Louis start-up companies will soon have new resources available to help them succeed.
The St. Louis Business Journal reports that local governments and private groups are starting work to create a $100 million fund to help area start-ups. The Wall Street Journal, the region trails behind the rest of the country in funding for start-ups. Missouri ranks 34th in venture-capital dollars awarded last year.
In part two of our four part Sustainability Series, we look at how a competition winner is tackling the problem of vacant lots.
Experts say St. Louis City could have as many as 20,000 vacant lots. Washington University's Sustainable Land Lab Competition put out the call for teams to come up with unique ways to combat the problem.
Out of the nearly 50 teams that submitted plans to the competition four winners were chosen. The winning groups got $5,000 dollars of seed money to start their projects and a two-year lease on a vacant lot. The Sunflower+ Project was one of the winners and they have a unique idea on how to beautify vacant lots and improve the environment.
"We're planting a field of sunflowers," says Project Lead and Washington University lecturer Donald Koster. He tells KTRS News the sunflower is known as a "hyper-accumulator"--a group of plants that take contaminants out of the soil. Koster says sunflowers have been used to clean up heavy damaged land, "Most notably for me in my research was the use of them in Chernobyl and Fukishima, following the tsunami, to clean up radioactive isotopes."
There is no guarantee on how the sunflowers will perform, but experimentation is at the heart of the land lab competition. The sunflowers are already a foot tall and you can stop by the field at the corner of Warren and 14th Street in North St. Louis.
Tomorrow, we look at a competition that gives city residents the chance to win money to improve their neighborhood.
Part one of the series can be found here.
When the St. Louis Art Museum closes on Sunday evening, they will stay closed for two weeks.
The museum is closing temporarily to prepare for the opening of the new east building expansion. When the museum reopens on June 29 they will have the have 21 new galleries that can display 230 works of art.
After opening ceremonies at 10AM on the 29th, there will festivities on the museum grounds that include food booths, a live musical performance, and hands on craft displays.
More info can be found at SLAM.org.
Just in time for the 4th of July, there are new requirements for anyone looking to purchase fireworks in Belleville.
Consumers have to show proof they have completed a 15 minute safety class. Illinois has a statewide ban on fireworks. Local communities can vote to allow fireworks and other pyrotechnics, but only residents who have completed the test can purchase them.
The Illinois State Fire Marshal has the safety class on their website. The Belleville Fire Department will administer the class and hopes to have it online later this month.
A Granite City man faces charges for allegedly stabbing his estranged wife to death.
The Police report says that Marissa Stainback was walking with a male friend yesterday afternoon when Tyrone Stainback approached her and stabbed her. Marissa was rushed to the hospital, but the Madison County Coroner confirmed she died from several stab wounds.
Tyrone is being held on no bond and faces 1st degree murder charges.
It is the last day for the public to get a look at the revolutionary solar-powered plane that made a stop in St. Louis.
Lambert Spokesperson Jeff Lea tells KTRS News there are still tickets available to see the Solar Impulse today. Viewing runs from 1-4 and free tickets are available at solarimpulse.com. The plane is scheduled to take off at the end of the week.
It is the first solar-powered plane that can fly in day or night.