Those planning to party on and around St. Patrick's Day in Missouri should plan ahead for a designated driver or face the risk of an arrest for driving while intoxicated. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Thursday that it and other police agencies in the state are joining forces to crack down on drunken driving March 14 through March 17. St. Patrick's Day is March 17. Patrol officers plan to saturate some areas and be especially vigilant for those who have been drinking. The patrol says 205 people were killed and more than 3,500 seriously hurt in Missouri last year in crashes involving impaired drivers.
The United States Olympic Committee has invited St. Louis and 34 other cities to bid for the 2024 summer games. It's an expensive longshot -- the USOC says the bid process alone costs more than $10 million. St. Louis was the site of the 1904 Olympics.
With Governor Jay Nixon in attendance, the opening of Missouri's catch-and-keep trout season kicked off Friday morning at sunrise at Montauk state park as well as Bennett Spring State Park, Roaring River State Park and Meramec Spring. The four state parks will be stocked with more than 25,000 trout. About 8,600 anglers are expected today with some coming from as far away as Miami Florida.