ST. LOUIS (AP) - The agency that operates mass transit services in the St. Louis area will resume contract talks with a labor union on Sept. 9.
The plan to renew talks with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788 was announced Thursday by Bi-State Development Agency president and CEO John Nations. The union represents operators of St. Louis Metro bus and the light rail MetroLink, along with mechanics and some clerical staff.
Tens of thousands of commuters use Metro buses and MetroLink trains every day in the St. Louis region.
Nations says the union has assured him there will be no work stoppages before the two sides return to the negotiating table.
The final member of a massive prearranged funeral scam has been convicted for his role in the fraud.
David Wulf was found guilty of 18 counts of various types of fraud. Prosecutors say Wulf and other executives at National Prearranged Services hatched a $600 million dollar scheme to defraud customers.
The remaining five defendants, including heads of the company Doug and Brent Cassity, all pleaded guilty. All six convicts will be sentenced in November.
GOLDEN CITY, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say a body found in southwest Missouri is that of 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton, who had been missing since Monday.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced the identification late Thursday. Adriaunna was last seen when she got into a vehicle in Golden City, where she lived with her father. Her mother lives in Overland Park, Kan.
A man who once worked with the girl's father, 34-year-old Bobby Bourne Jr. of Lamar, has been jailed on charges of kidnapping. He's being held on $1 million bond.
The Joplin Globe reports Bourne is now in the Jasper County jail. Derek Walrod, a captain with the Jasper County Sheriff's Department, says Barton County officials wanted Bourne transferred to a larger, more secure jail.
It has come to the attention of KTRS management that a commercial running on KTRS Radio, voiced by Texas Governor Rick Perry, is asking Missouri business to move to Texas. When the order was placed, KTRS was under the assumption these commercials were going to promote tourism to Texas. Once we, the Management of KTRS realized these commercials were instead focused on stealing locally owned companies away from St Louis, we suspended airing these commercials immediately. We understand people have different viewpoints on public policy and we welcome that debate everyday on our airways. But as one of the few remaining locally owned radio stations in the country, we feel the need to stand strong with other small locally owned business and defend our region. Governor Rick Perry, Don't Mess with Missouri, and don't mess with St Louis.