Government and civic leaders in southeast Missouri believe reducing ozone levels is largely out of their control because the pollutions drifts in from hundreds of miles away.
A committee of the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission met Friday in Perryville to review data from the Environmental Protection Agency. The committee is fighting to keep the region from being designated a "nonattainment area," with pollution readings that routinely exceed EPA standards.
A university economist is casting doubt on whether Missouri's job-creation incentives actually result in more jobs.
Economist Howard Wall of Lindenwood University testified Monday before the House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee about the effectiveness of the Missouri Quality Jobs program. The initiative offers tax breaks to businesses that add jobs with good wages and health benefits.
Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones will give the Republican response next week to Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State speech.
The Democratic governor will address a joint session of the Legislature at 7 p.m. Monday in the House chamber.
The GOP response by Jones will be prerecorded and broadcast about five minutes after Nixon completes his speech.
Last year, Jones and Senate Appropriations Committee Kurt Schaefer gave a joint Republican response to Nixon's annual speech. The responsibility fell to Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder during the previous three years.
The number of passengers traveling through Lambert Airport in St. Louis is on the rise.
Airport officials said Tuesday that Lambert served more than 12.7 million passengers in 2012. That included 6.4 million departing passengers and 6.3 million arriving passengers, both up a little more than 1 percent over 2011.
Lambert officials say 47 percent of passengers last year flew on Southwest Airlines, an increase of 2 percent over 2011. American Airlines was second with 16 percent of passengers, followed by Delta with 13 percent.