*There’s a call for boycotting the movie "A Dog’s Purpose" that hits theaters January 27th. TMZ exposed a disturbing video of a German Shepherd being forced into water churned by six boat engines to make it look like a choppy river. This animal obviously doesn’t want to swim that day. At the end of the video, the dog is seen overcome by the turbulent waves and nearly drowned. The crew frantically screams to cut the outboard engines. The film’s director and voice actor Josh Gad expressed outrage at what they saw in the TMZ video. Universal Pictures said the dog balked on the day of the shoot even after days of rehearsals. They concluded in their written statement that this German Shepherd named “Hercules is happy and healthy.”
*St. Louis Blues executives and city leaders are asking taxpayers to help pay for what they say is a must-have $138 million renovation of the Scottrade Center. This morning they will make their case at a Ways and Means Committee hearing in the city.
*There's still hope in bringing Major League Soccer to St. Louis. The revised plan for the city funding is up for debate by aldermen this morning. The group that wants to bring MLS to St. Louis says after working with Governor Eric Greitens and his staff they have found a path forward. Supporters never said what the "path forward" is but hinted that the governor might be willing to spend money to "promote economic development in St. Louis".
*Missouri's Republican-led House has pushed forward a proposal to make Missouri the 28th right-to-work state which would ban mandatory union fees. The House voted 101-58 yesterday which give the bill initial approval. The bill needs another House vote before it can move to the Senate. The legislation will probably pass after getting new momentum with the recent inauguration of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who has vowed to sign the bill that his Democratic predecessor vetoed.