Visitors to the St. Louis Zoo got their first look at the newest resident of the elephant exhibit.
Priya, the Asian Elephant calf, made her debut today. A zoo spokesperson says the crowd was excited and they hope to harness that energy to help protect the endangered animal--poaching kills about 80 African elephants a day.
You can take a look at Priya for the rest of this week, she will be on display from 10-noon and 2PM -4PM on Thursday and Friday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is weighing whether to sign legislation that would allow children's non-related legal guardians to receive adoption subsidies.
Currently only grandparents, aunts, uncles, adult siblings or cousins can get state-sponsored subsidies when they become the legal guardians of a child.
But a bill passed by the Legislature would expand that list to include people who are not blood relatives if their lives and those of a child are "intermingled" in a manner similar to a family relationship.
The subsidies are payments given to guardians to help pay for the child's care.
The bill was sponsored by Republican Sen. John Lamping, of St. Louis.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Civil engineers say Missouri's infrastructure gets only a C-minus.
The regional chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers released the letter grade Wednesday. It is part of a report card that evaluated the state's aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, inland waterways, levees, railroads, roads, schools and wastewater. Each sub-category also received a grade.
The engineers found the most faults with the state's dams and energy, giving them both D-minus grades. The report says Missouri regulates only a portion of the dams that could cause significant damage if they failed. The engineers also said more investment is needed to help shift from coal toward sustainable energy.
The state's roads earned a C. Lawmakers ended their session without approving a 1 cent state sales tax for transportation projects.