The Missouri Department of Transportation has a new chief engineer.
Transportation director Dave Nichols has tapped Ed Hassinger for the post. Hassinger was the department's top engineer for the St. Louis region for the last 12 years. He has been with the department for almost 30 years.
Legislation that could ease the caseload of Missouri public defenders is being considered by Gov. Jay Nixon.
The measure would allow the public defender system to ask the presiding judge of a judicial circuit for a conference to discuss caseload issues. The judge could decide whether to grant relief in a particular case.
The Callaway Energy Center just outside Fulton is back in service this week after a routine shutdown for refueling and maintenance. The plant was out of commission for 50 days while several new modifications were made in addition to normal inspections and tests.
Barry Cox, the senior director of nuclear operations for the plant, says the improvements mean it will take a few days for the plant to get back to full capacity.
The collapse of a factory in Bangladesh that killed more than a thousand workers caused a flurry of outrage and widespread calls for sweatshop reforms. But so did the fire four months earlier that killed more than a hundred workers at another Bangladesh garment factory.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) took part in a student loan roundtable today on the University of Missouri campus.
She is co-sponsoring the Bank on Student Loans Fairness Act with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The bill would reduce the interest rate on federally guaranteed loans for undergraduates from the current 3.4 percent to the 0.75 percent-rate banks receive when they borrow from the government. McCaskill also heard from graduate and professional degree students in attendance who said their loans should be part of the discussion.
The MU Office of Admissions and Summer Welcome team greeted incoming transfer students today. Director of Admissions Barbara Rupp says over the past couple years the total number of transfer students at MU has started to decline. Rupp believes students are more place-bound than they used to be due to the economy.