Second helping • City officials plan to raze the former Big Boy’s restaurant, but there’s hope for fans of the landmark eatery’s homestyle menu. Janet Bradshaw, a former waitress, and her husband are working to secure a lease on a building nearby for a restaurant that would feature many of the same food items and recipes. State tax investigators shuttered the restaurant in April 2005; owners Paul Scott King Sr. and his son Kevin King had failed to pay sales tax.
A lot on their plates • While members of the Missouri Legislature are sequestered in Jefferson City, they work long hours but rarely go hungry, thanks to a dedicated corps of lobbyists and interest groups that spends hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on food. Critics acknowledge it is unlikely that a vote can be bought with a slice of pizza or a bucket of barbecue. But the practice does, they say, create the perception of a cozy relationship between lawmakers and influence peddlers.
Up in space, down in history • Astronaut Sandra Magnus, a Belleville West High School graduate, will be aboard Atlantis for the last mission in the 30-year space shuttle program. Her mother will be at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on July 8 to watch her daughter blast into space — for a third time. “There’s that moment when they’re climbing when it’s the real dangerous part,” Hall explained. “I’m saying, ‘OK, OK, let’s go, Lord.’”
For the last four years, a tax credit has helped draw donations into the state’s food pantries. But barring an unexpected special session, that incentive will die on Aug. 28, causing pantries around the state to worry about how much food and monetary donations they will lose.
Food pantry operators say the tax incentive seems to have gotten lost in squabbling over $522 million worth of tax credits handed out last year by the state.
“I don’t think anybody was against it. It just didn’t have enough people behind it, pushing it to the front of the line,” said Glenn Koenen, executive director of Circle of Concern.
Friday was the last day of the Missouri Legislature’s session. It also was supposed to be a big day for St. Louis. But a measure that would have returned control of the Police Department to the city of St. Louis and another that would have subsidized a foreign freight hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport died after negotiations between the House and Senate blew up.
This just in from the Twitter wires, leaders from the Missouri House discuss what’s next in the saga over redistricting.
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