Looks like parts of Missouri are going to get a White Christmas this year. The National Weather Service predicts snow for western and central Missouri on Christmas, and all over the state starting on Tuesday. National Weather Service Meteorologist Dale Bechtold says it won’t be anything too heavy, just an inch or two, and with moderate temperatures. Bechtold says Missouri only gets a White Christmas every four years or so.
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There are Christmas trees with flashing lights, and then there are PEOPLE with flashing lights–in their navels. These adornments are called “belly lights” and they’re the creation of St. Charles inventor Gary Kellmann. He says he’s sold more than half a million of these red and green-colored lights since putting them on the market. Most have been sold to teen girls. The lights are the size of a chap-stick cap and operate on two hearing aid-sized batteries.
Missouri Congressman Jim Talent is leaving Congress on a high note. His Community Renewal Act has been signed by President Clinton. Talent says it couldn’t have been accomplished without the help of the Clinton Administration and the leadership in Congress. He says the President and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert worked together. The act helps poor urban and rural areas through such things as private sector job creation and investment.
Attorney General Jay Nixon wants to change the structure of the Missouri Gaming Commission. Nixon says the commission needs to be split into an arm that licenses riverboats and another one that enforces state gambling laws. He says recent problems underscore the need for change. The suggestion isn’t greeted kindly by Commission Acting Executive Director Kevin Mullally. He acknowledges the Station Casinos affair disclosed problems, but insists they’re problems that can be corrected with minor adjustments in state law.
A three-day search has turned up an airplane missing since Sunday night on a flight from St. Louis county to Texas. A civil Air patrol search team has found the plane about five miles northwest of Rolla. The pilot is dead. CAP Lieutenant Colonel Randy Fuller says the wreckage is in a difficult but accessible area. He says the plane is mostly intact, and appeared to drop, upside down, straight into the 100-foot deep ravine.
Nearly 70 students and staff at Jefferson City High School have many months of medical treatment ahead. They’ve been exposed to tuberculosis. While most of the exposures won’t turn in to active cases, TB section chief for the Missouri department of health, Vic Tomlinson, says they’ll all have to stick to a drug regimen for six to nine months. Only 10% of Missouri’s exposure turn into active cases. Fewer than 1% of the active cases are fatal.
Change could be coming for TIF in Missouri. Tax Increment Financing provides tax breaks for development in the state’s poor areas. Yet a special House committee has uncovered abuses, such as a TIF for expensive homes in Kansas City and one that totaled $25 million to lure Nordstrom to a St. Louis area mall. The committee will release its report on abuses of the TIF law before the legislature convenes next month. At least one lawmaker promises to file proposals for changed based upon the report. Kansas City Representative Henry Rizzo wants the legislature to move slowly with any changes, especially changes to the definition of “blight”.
Attorney General Jay Nixon is demanding a company that produces genetic corn to compensate farmers who lost money when it was rejected for human consumption. Nixon sent a formal letter to Aventis Crop Science, the makers of StarLink corn, demanding a $25 million bond. Nixon says this problem extends far beyond the farmers who planted the crop. He says grain elevators and other businesses have lost money as a ripple-effect from the farm losses spread throughout rural Missouri. Aventis has proposed its own voluntary program to pay 25-cent premiums to farmers who grew the corn–a proposal Nixon says falls short.
A light plane is missing on a flight from St. Louis County to Texas. Searchers will go back into the air today after finding nothing in the Rolla area yesterday. Pilot Clarence Pruett did not file a flight plan. FAA radar records show a plane disappeared from the screens somewhere northwest of Rolla. Civil Air Patrol Lieutenant Randy Fuller says the only clue to go on is the report of a low-flying aircraft. Also making the search difficult is that the plane may be partially or entirely brown or beige, making it difficult to spot from the air.
Slow sales of recreational watercraft are triggering a shutdown at a Lebanon boat factory that will last at least a month. Lowe Boats usually shuts down for a week during the holidays. But the company’s owners says the factory won’t reopen until mid-January. 400 people work for the company in Lebanon. A company spokesman says the economy has cooled-off, and luxury items like boats are frequently the first thing people stop buying.