A quick traffic note. IDOT will close the McKinley Bridge this weekend.
Crews will close the bridge starting Friday at 10 PM. They will be cleaning the bridge's driving surface and applying a deck sealant. All work should be complete by 5 AM on Monday.
Three environmental groups are joining forces and calling for the protection of Missouri's waterways. The Sierra Club, the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, and the Labadie Environmental Organization met near the banks of the Mississippi Tuesday morning. They are all worried about toxic landfills that lie in flood plains near the Mississippi, Missouri and Meramec Rivers. Among their concerns is a proposal by Ameren to build a coal-ash landfill near the Labadie power plant in Franklin County.
Tonight in Union, Missouri, The Missouri Public Service Commission is holding a hearing about Ameren's proposal to build that coal-ash landfill. That meeting is at East Central College at 6:00pm.
In related news, the EPA will host a meeting at Pattonville High School tonight to discuss the results of a radiological detecting airplane that flew over the West Lake Landfill in March. The EPA will also discuss the results from groundwater testing conducted in April.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced today he has joined 39 other attorneys general sending comments calling on the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to come up with solutions to the increasing problem of mobile “cramming.” That's the placement of unauthorized third-party charges on mobile phone bills.
The Missouri Attorney General’s Office continues to receive complaints from consumers about charges, usually around $9.95, that appear on their phone bills without their authorization. The charges are usually for goods and services that the consumers neither requested nor used. Many consumers fail to detect that they have been crammed. When they do discover the charges on their bills, sometimes after several months, consumers are rarely able to obtain a full refund.
“Today’s cell phone bills include pages and pages of numbers, and it can be difficult to detect illegitimate charges,” Koster said. “While I urge consumers to check their phone bills carefully, we need better protections for consumers to prevent cramming from occurring, and to give them mechanisms for obtaining full refunds if they unfairly charged.”
Koster’s office announced a settlement yesterday with three third-party businesses that had placed charges for unwanted services on Missouri consumers’ phone bills. The businesses repaid consumers more than $296,000. The businesses are permanently barred from placing any future charges on consumers’ phone bills.
Koster encourages consumers to check their phone bills monthly, and to contact his consumer hotline at 800-392-8222 if they detect unauthorized charges.
The Belleville News Democrat reports former Caseyville, IL Police Chief JD Roth, who took his own life, was being investigated by the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Department investigation into the police department that he headed for 11 years.
The paper reports police records show Roth sent a despondent text message to his girlfriend before he went into his backyard and shot himself in the head. A large sum of money" and multiple guns were discovered inside a safe at Roth's home.
His pre-paid funeral arrangements and will were on a plastic-covered table nearby.
Roth operated a home-based business called Special Order Firearms.