JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is giving state employees an extra day off around Thanksgiving.
State offices are closed by law on Thanksgiving. Nixon has issued an executive order also closing state offices the Friday after Thanksgiving.
For many years, a four-day holiday weekend was the norm in Missouri government.
But Nixon kept state offices open on the Friday after Thanksgiving in 2010 and 2011, citing budget concerns.
Holidays have cost the state money because some employees who must work - such as prison guards - have been able to choose whether to claim extra time off or accept holiday bonus pay.
Nixon says the budget has improved enough to give employees the extra day off. He also extended the Thanksgiving break last year.
You can add several St. Louis area malls to the list of retailers participating in the trend known as "holiday creep".
West County Center, Chesterfield Mall, South County Center, Mid Rivers Mall and St. Clair Square will open doors at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving day. J.C. Penney and Macy's announced earlier this week their plans to open at the same time.
A spokesman for CBL, who operates the area malls, said that stores will have the option of opening at 8 p.m. or midnight, but all stores will be open at 5 a.m. for Black Friday shopping.
Macy's is going to make some workers unhappy.
The retail chain announced that for the first time, some of their stores will open on Thanksgiving. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that some locations will open at 8 PM on Turkey Day. Macy's is just the latest of several retailers to open on the previously-off limits Thanksgiving.
Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, Sears, and Kmart all opened Thanksgiving night at either eight or nine pm last year.