The Missouri Department of Transportation is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Motorist Assist, which helps stranded drivers on Missouri's roads and highways.
Last year Motorist Assist handled around 37,000 incidents, including more than 8,000 abandoned vehicles, 7,700 mechanical repairs and around 5,500 tire changes.
A typical Motorist Assist driver will cover about 200 miles per shift. Primary duties include securing the scene, assisting emergency personal, and taking care of the stranded drivers.
Drivers who have been helped by Motorist Assist can thank the operators in person tonight as MoDOT hosts an open house on from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Motorist Assist station at 669 Salt Mill Road, in Chesterfield.
Governors Jay Nixon and Rick Perry gave no ground in their opinion of the Texas Governor's advertising campaign aimed at luring Missouri business to the Lone Star State. The two joined McGraw this morning with both firmly committed to their point of view. Governor Nixon says Texas is simply poaching business, while Rick Perry says it's merely competition in a very competitive arena. Perry also contends that $40-million in business leaves Missouri for Texas every year, although he could not name any of the businesses. Nixon contests that figure and says the bottom line is that states should be competing against the world for a piece of the economic pie, not slicing into each other's portion. Watch the full interviews below.
Developer Paul McKee's NorthSide Regeneration Project remains up in the air. The St. Louis TIF Commission delayed a vote yesterday on changes to the $390 million dollar TIF plan after residents demand more information.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that residents of the near-northside neighborhood spent nearly two hours criticizing McKee for failing to include them in his plans, and at least one key alderman threatened to block the project unless neighborhood concerns are addressed.
McKee says he's held more than 140 community meetings since unveiling plan four years ago.
Fast food workers are expected to walk off the job in 50 cities Thursday, including at least two restaurants in St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an afternoon rally is also planned at the Old Courthouse downtown.
The workers are demanding a $15 per hour pay rate. Striking workers have said that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and Missouri's minimum wage of $7.35 per hour are too low.
Scott DeFife, spokesman for the National Restaurant Association is calling today's strikes "a bit of orchestrated theater." DeFife says it's a move by unions to grow their memberships.
Previous St. Louis-area walkouts took place in May and July.