JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon is urging Missourians to walk, run, bike, paddle and hike throughout Missouri during the rest of the year.
The governor is promoting a 100 Missouri Miles Challenge to encourage physical activity. He'll officially kick off the challenge in St. Louis and Springfield this weekend. The event coincides with National Trails Day on Saturday.
Missouri has almost 1,000 miles of trails within the state park system and more than 500 miles of trails federally designated as National Recreation Trails.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she will not run for another term in the U.S. House.
The tea party favorite, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination last year, announced her decision on her website this morning.
Bachmann says her decision not to run again in 2014 was "not influenced by any concerns about ... being re-elected."
She also says recent inquiries into her 2012 presidential campaign did not affect her decision.
Bachmann promises to "continue to work overtime for the next 18 months in Congress defending ... Constitutional Conservative values."
ROSEDALE, Md. (AP) — Officials say the fire at a derailed chemical-carrying CSX train outside Baltimore is under control.
Capt. Bruce Schultz of the Baltimore County Office of the Fire Marshal's investigative services announced early Wednesday that the blaze in Rosedale, Md., a suburb east of Baltimore, was called under control late Tuesday just before midnight.
Schultz says CSX has moved unaffected cars away from the derailed cars and the fire department operations have been reduced to a fire watch at this time.
Federal investigators will spend the coming days piecing together what caused the train to collide with a trash truck Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities say some of the derailed cars — at least one carrying hazardous materials — caught fire and an explosion rattled homes at least a half-mile away.
Homeless advocate Reverend Larry Rice wants to help St. Louis County build a shelter for homeless women and children.
Rice announced Tuesday that his New Life Evangelistic Center was gifted with two vacant lots in the 3900 block of Lada. That's near Natural Bridge and North Hanley just outside of Bel-Ridge. Rice says he'll give them to St. Louis County for a shelter.
Rice says it's time for County Executive Charlie Dooley to make good on his promise to help the county's homeless. "We have to do something immediately," he said. "Unbelievable pressure is being put on us with so many, many, people who are coming to us downtown."
Rice says he plans to present his proposal at the County Council meeting next week.
A spokesperson said county leaders will certainly listen.