A ballot measure that would raise Missouri’s cigarette tax is starting to catch fire.
Leaders of the effort to raise the state’s tobacco tax are making stops across Missouri through the end of this week, to places like here to Lee’s Summit, Mo. on a yellow school bus.
Misty Snodgrass, with the American Cancer Society says a jump in the state’s cigarette tax, currently the lowest in the country, to 90 cents a pack would help reign in the state’s high smoking rate while directing half of that added tax revenue into schools.
The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has again ranked Missouri in the bottom ten in its annual Energy Efficiency Scorecard report.
Missouri was ranked as 43rd out of the 51 areas rated coming in just ahead of 44th placed Kansas and last-placed Mississippi. The report covers six aspects of energy efficiency. Utility and public benefits programs, transport-action policies and building energy codes- were the largest contributors to a state’s score.
Last Friday, more than a hundred would-be entrepreneurs got together for an annual event called Startup Weekend. The fast paced, company building workshop brings big ideas down to earth in just 54 hours. 125 participants with laptop and smartphones gather to build small, lean companies that might grow into something much bigger.
Hundreds of Iranian men took to the streets of Tehran on Wednesday to demonstrate their anger over Iran’s collapsing currency and deteriorating economic conditions. The chanting protesters marched to a major market area, where riot police had attacked suspected black-market currency traders.
The Jefferson City Council is considering a new noise ordinance. The city’s current noise ordinance doesn’t have a decibel level limit, so the new ordinance would make it clear to residents and businesses if they’re in violation.