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132How traffic enforcement has exacerbated racial tensions in Ferguson

Minor Offenses Can Lead To Cycle Of Fines, Court Cases, Poverty

There are some towns in St. Louis County that have issued more traffic citations than there are residents.

48Missouri becomes 13th state to offer E15

At the end of the month, Missouri will begin to allow the sale of the controversial E15 fuel. Currently, most available gasoline is sold as a blend with up to 10 percent ethanol. Missouri will become the 13th state to approve the 15-percent ethanol blend to be sold at the pump.

170FTC staff comes out in favor of Tesla, direct vehicle sales

On the subject of Tesla Motors and its efforts to legally sell its electric vehicles directly to consumers without franchised dealerships, the FTC has taken aim at Missouri and New Jersey. The Commission hasn't made any nationwide decision on the subject quite yet, but in a May 16 statement it encouraged the two states to reconsider policies that would further prohibit automakers from selling directly to consumers. And the FTC didn't mince words, calling such laws an example of "protection that

17Tesla appears to be winning direct sales battle in Missouri

Last week, it looked like Missouri would join the list of states where Tesla Motors would not be allowed to sell its all-electric vehicles directly to consumers. Without warning, language was inserted into a bill about off-road vehicles what would have prevented direct sales in the state. Tesla called it a "sneak attack" and tried to get supporters to let lawmakers know the law was a bad idea.

99Missouri next state to attempt Tesla direct-sales ban

When Tesla Motors feels like its under attack, it is not afraid to speak out. After state lawmakers in New Jersey voted to close the electric vehicle company's stores there, the company said it was an "affront to the very concept of a free market" and CEO Elon Musk compared the situation to mafia tactics. In Ohio, when the company learned about a fast-moving challenge, it quickly asked its fans and owners for help. That same move is now taking place in Missouri, where Tesla said a "sneak attack"

234Unusual Reason One Town Closes A Main Road

Insurance carrier drops coverage of Augusta Bottom Road in suburban St. Louis

A small town in suburban St. Louis closed one of its main roads this weekend over insurance concerns.

27Original GM EV1 found all dusted up in Missouri, but it's in rough shape

Electric-vehicle aficionados have their own version of an Elvis sighting, and the most recent example is at Missouri S&T in Rolla, MO, about 100 miles southwest of St. Louis. There, an old General Motors EV1 electric vehicle sits, its body relatively intact but its drivetrain non-functional, Jalopnik reports.

AddKansas City says it's more than ready for plug-in cars

San Francisco, Boston, Austin, Los Angeles and the Raleigh-Durham region are among the US metropolitan areas most often cited to be the most electric-vehicle ready in terms of charging infrastructure. Now, Kansas City wants to be added to that list.

20Cardinals Player David Freese OK After Deer Crash

He swerved and hit a tree instead of the animal

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese is OK after crashing his SUV while trying to avoid a deer.

AddNissan Leaf stretch limo makes an on-camera appearance

This limo ride will sure be a quiet one. And probably a short one, too.

177KKK moves to adopt Georgia highway, controversy ensues

Our constitutional rights are often a double-edged sword. While we're happy to live under the protection of a government that encourages our rights to assemble and free speech, it can be somewhat more difficult to accept groups who hold starkly different views from our own. Legislators in Georgia are learning that first hand. The state is currently debating whether or not to accept an application from the Ku Klux Klan to adopt a section of highway near the North Carolina state line. Other groups

100GM investing $380 million at Wentzville plant for next-gen Chevy Colorado production

Not long after General Motors confirmed that the new global Chevrolet Colorado pickup will, in fact, be offered in the United States, The General has announced that the midsize truck will be built at its Wentzville, Missouri facility. GM is investing $380 million at the plant for retooling and equipment upgrades, and it says this injection of cash will create or retain 1,260 jobs.

AddEmerald Automotive (who?) wants to build hybrid delivery van in Missouri [w/video]

Emerald Automotive delivery van – Click above to watch video after the jump

20Missouri reportedly combating icy roads with beet juice, Dwight Schrute pleased

We Americans sure do like our food. Not only does the land of the Red, White and Blue have one of the higher rates of obesity of any industrialized nations, we feed our roads, too. The Missouri Department of Transportation has been solving its road ice problem with the help of beet juice. The product in question, Geomelt, is a sugar beet-based liquid, and according to the Boonville Daily News, MoDOT has increased its use by 700 percent since it was first introduced in the Show Me State in 2006.

135Put out of its Missouri: State Legislature considers repealing motorcycle helmet law

Few issues out on the open road are as divisive as helmet laws for motorcycle riders. On the one hand, you have individual liberty advocates – many motorcyclists among them – insisting that the government can't tell riders what's best for them. On the other are safety advocates, armed with evidence of increased fatalities where helmets aren't mandatory. Now the Missouri state legislature has sent a bill to the governor that would, if signed into law, repeal the state's mandatory helm

AddThe state of the ethanol market depends on which hemisphere you're in

Many of our readers aren't big fans of ethanol. But it made sense to a lot of people when the biofuel was actually cheaper than gasoline. Times have changed, and several fuel retailers in Missouri have stopped blending ethanol with gasoline because it's cheaper to use straight gasoline now and the blends are not mandatory. Down in the Southern hemisphers, though, we discover that Brazil's ethanol industry is booming. This year, Brazil is selling 605,000 m3 of ethanol (equivalent to 156 million g

73Dealership offers free gas or gun with new car: 80% choose gun

var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/autos/Free_Gas_or_a_Hand_Gun_with_New_Car_Sold_80_Choose_Gun'; In a move certain to generate both controversy and publicity, a new and used car dealer in Butler, Missouri, is offering his customers a choice between two sales incentives with their vehicle purchase: $250 in gasoline or a free semi-automatic handgun.

AddMissouri biodiesel uprising debates state's B5 madate

Photo by Kopper. Licensed under Creative Commons license 2.0.

AddNew biodiesel laws in Missouri and South Dakota

Photo by Skidrd. Licensed under Creative Commons license 2.0.

33Ford Ranger on the ropes

We posted some conjecture about the Ranger not too long ago, with some Photochops to illustrate possible ways Ford could keep its smallest pickup alive. Automotive News has looked in to their crystal ball and determined that the future of the Ranger is murky, at best. The first bad sign is that the St. Paul, MN Ranger plant is slated to be closed in 2008. With no place to build the Ranger, it would seem to have one foot in the grave, along with the rest of the segment, not counting the evergreen

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