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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt says there were no winners in the dispute that led to the 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government.
Blunt was the lone Republican in Missouri's congressional delegation to vote Wednesday for compromise legislation that ended the shutdown and avoided a debt default.
But he said Thursday the dispute damaged the public's confidence in government. He also says the government continues to spend and borrow too much - issues he says must still be addressed.
All six Missouri Republicans in the House voted against the legislation. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and the state's two House Democrats voted for it.
The measure funds the government through Jan. 15 and allows the government to borrow normally through Feb. 7.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is bringing some more excitement to the industry.
The St. Louis-based company is starting a pilot program that will allow customers to rent a Harley-Davidson. The program is starting in the Sin City, Las Vegas. Enterprise will become the first major car rental company to rent motorcycles in the US. If the Vegas operation succeeds, the program could expand.
Be warned, it is pricey, with prices running between $120 to $160 a day.
Job cuts are coming to the Missouri town of Herculaneum.
The Doe-Run lead smelter will close at the end of the December and put 145 workers out of a job. The EPA says the company decided to close the plant instead of installing pollution control technology.
The Doe-Run plant has been in operation for over a century and is the last remaining lead smelter in the nation.