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St. Louis Children's Museum Opens New Airport Play Area at Lambert
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 25, 2014 - Lambert- St. Louis International Airport has opened a transportation-themed play exhibit that will help children burn restless energy and inspire their imaginations at the same time.
The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum unveiled the St. Louis International Play Port, a 1,500 sq. ft. exhibit, in the C Concourse at Gate C2. This interactive exhibit features a mini airport where children will use their imaginations to experience what it's like to travel these days.
The play area includes a kid-sized plane, an air traffic control tower with a slide, car rental counters, a luggage conveyor belt and an airport screening area with a pretend x-ray machine. Children can also explore other popular modes of transportation in the exhibit including a car, a truck and a van. They can also take the driver's seat in kids-version of a MetroLink light rail train, which is a popular mode of transportation to the Airport and across the St. Louis area.
"The Play Port is a welcome addition for the thousands of families who travel through Lambert each year," said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. "We are thrilled to have partnered with The Magic House to open this unique space which will fuel the wonder of travel for children and give families a one-of-a kind activity that can only be found at Lambert."
The Magic House's children's exhibit at the airport took off in large part due to the strong showing of community support for the idea through RallySTL.org, a first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platform where consumers submit, vote for, and help fund ideas that drive progress in greater St. Louis.
"It was gratifying to see the community rally around the idea of an interactive play and learning space at the airport, and we were honored to be asked to create it," said Beth Fitzgerald, President of The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum. "St. Louis is such a family-oriented city, and we wanted to design an exhibit that would make a positive first impression on families traveling through our airport."
St. Louis attractions will be featured throughout the exhibit to help tourists and residents discover all of the family fun that St. Louis has to offer. "We are excited to see such a creative way to share the many great things there are to do in St. Louis with travelers at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport," said Kitty Ratcliff, President of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission. "The Magic House has long been an asset to the community, and we are excited to have their work showcased to the many travelers coming through St. Louis."
Customers to Experience Increase in Ameren Missouri Electric Rates
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 25, 2014 - The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a filing made by Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri to adjust the fuel and purchased power adjustment charge (FAC) on the bills of its electric customers.
Ameren Missouri stated the proposed adjustment to customer rates primarily reflected changes in its fuel and purchased power costs, including transportation and net of off-system sales revenues experienced during the four month period of October 2013 through January 2014. It also reflected an FAC true-up filing for the period of June 2013 through January 2014.
A residential customer using 1,100 kWh (kilowatt-hours) per month will see the FAC charge increase by approximately $0.66 a month, from $2.97 to $3.63. The change will take effect on May 27, 2014.
The fuel adjustment charge was authorized by the Commission for Ameren Missouri in a regular rate case in 2009. The FAC tariff allows the company to pass increases or decreases in its net fuel and purchase power costs to customers outside of a general rate case.
The FAC allows the company to recover most - up to 95 percent - of its costs, but not all, to encourage conservation and prudence in fuel use by the company. Any charges resulting from the fuel adjustment clause must appear in a separate category on customers' bills.
Fuel adjustment charges are intended to help companies deal with volatility in fuel pricing. The FAC tariff requires regular adjustments to reflect changes in prices the company has incurred for fuel and for wholesale power purchased to serve customers.
Ameren Missouri provides electric service to approximately 1.2 million electric customers in Missouri.
Senate Bill 493 Fails to Address the School Transfer Challenges
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 18, 2014 - Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that he will veto legislation that would have diverted public, taxpayer dollars away from Missouri's public schools and given that money to private schools without any accountability to voters.
In a statement, the Governor said that this failed attempt to fix the current school transfer law would, in fact, result in further disruption for students in struggling school districts by eliminating the requirement that unaccredited school districts pay for transportation costs.
"Every child in Missouri deserves a quality public education, and that is why I am vetoing Senate Bill 493," Gov. Nixon said. "Senate Bill 493 fails to address the challenges resulting from the existing school transfer law and instead, would create even more problems by allowing public funds to be used for private schools and pulling the rug out from under students who have transferred."
Senate Bill 493 includes a provision that would allow public taxpayer dollars to be used to pay for private school tuition, a dangerous voucher scheme that would undermine the core principles and protections enshrined in Missouri's constitution.
"Throughout the legislative session I repeatedly made it clear that any effort to send public dollars to private schools through a voucher program would be met by my veto pen," Gov. Nixon said. "The General Assembly ignored my warnings, and this veto will be the result."
Senate Bill 493 would eliminate the requirement that unaccredited districts pay for the transportation costs of students. This provision would negatively impact the hundreds of students and families who have already transferred to another school district with an understanding that their transportation costs would be paid.
Senate Bill 493 would also have allowed districts that receive students from unaccredited districts to discount the tuition paid for transfers in exchange for not having to include those students' performance data for accountability purposes for up to five years. The result of this provision would be to allow schools to not be held accountable for the education of these transfer students.
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