St. Louisians love their barbecue and apparently it shows. On its' blog, MOVOTO Real Estate has ranked the top ten meat-loving cities in the country. The criteria include steak houses per capita, butcher shops per capita, barbecue restaurants, burger joints and hot dog vendors per capita, as well as the number of National BBQ Festivals annually and cattle ranches within 15 miles. Orlando ranks number one, followed by Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Las Vegas with St. Louis in the number-five spot. Rounding out the top ten are Birmingham, Tulsa, Baton Rouge, and Miami with Honolulu and Tampa tied at number ten.
Additional steps are being undertaken to reduce the strong odors emanating from the Bridgeton Landfill. Owners of the landfill, Republic Services, say they are adding 7 acres of tarp to control the smell which has been so bad that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed suit on behalf of residents. Gas extraction pumps have also been installed to reduce the odor. Despite some improvement, there are still days when the smell is overwhelming. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says more short-term odors may be generated as gas extraction wells are prepared for the installation of the liner.
Texas Governor Rick Perry will be back in Missouri at the end of the month.
Perry had created a buzz earlier this summer with an ad campaign that attempted to lure businesses away from Missouri. He visited the state to lobby, unsuccessfully, for an override of Governor Nixon's tax cut veto.
Perry, fellow former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, and anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist will all address the Conservative Political Action Conference, or "CPAC" gathering St. Louis. The regional convention of the American Conservative Union is a showcase for the conservative political movement.
Other confirmed participants include Missouri's junior Senator Roy Blunt and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A labor coalition wants Illinois' pollution control board to waive pollution controls at coal-fired plants being sold by Ameren Corp.
The AFL-CIO is making its position known hours before the Illinois Pollution Control Board is set to meet in Springfield on Tuesday.
The AFL-CIO says that move by the board would provide certainty to employers and communities in central and southern Illinois. But environmental groups say pollution upgrades are needed.
Houston-based Dynegy wants to buy the plants from Ameren, which has a waiver that allowed it to delay installing soot-control equipment at the five plants.
The board refused to transfer the waiver to Dynegy, saying it must make its own case for a waiver. Dynegy says it will do so.
The board is expected to make a decision by November.