Route 66 becoming green with charging stations, solar panels

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press (ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., AP) — Route 66, a highway made famous for attracting gas-guzzling Chevrolet Bel Airs traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles, is turning green. The Mother Road is seeing a growing number of electric car charging stations along the 2,500-mile path, and some states…

Exceptions to rule: Big cities where homes remain affordable

By JIM SALTER (ST. LOUIS, AP) — Until recently, Christina Brouk was living with her parents. Now, still in her early 20s, she’s living the American dream of home ownership — the same dream that’s grown elusive for many young adults since the housing bubble peaked 10 years…

MOHELA adding 365 jobs in suburban St. Louis

(CHESTERFIELD, Mo., AP) — The Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority is adding 365 jobs through the end of the year. MOHELA announced Tuesday that it will be hiring student loan counselors and loan processors. The authority is based in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield and already employs…

EPA’s plan to boost ethanol use in gasoline gets hearing

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — All sides of the ethanol and biofuels debate are getting the chance to…

Southwest Airlines departs 100 daily flights from St. Louis

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Southwest Airlines has hit 100 departures each day from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The…

Great Plains Energy to purchase Westar Energy

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Great Plains Energy plans to buy Westar Energy, the largest utility company in…

Barge traffic makes a resurgence on the Missouri River

By MARGARET STAFFORD (KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — The Missouri River is slowly resuming its role as a…

Columbia puts temporary freeze on some multifamily housing

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — Columbia is putting a temporary halt to new permits for some multifamily housing projects…

Middle class shrinks in 9 of 10 US cities as incomes fall

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — In cities across America, the middle class is hollowing out. A…

Train derailment in northwest Missouri; no injuries reported

(FARLEY, Mo., AP) — BNSF Railway says 12 cars on a train derailed in northwest Missouri. No one…

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