Springfield, IL – The former leader of the Republican caucus in the Illinois Senate is stepping away from politics entirely.
Greenville Republican Frank Watson says he'll retire in two weeks. The 63-year-old St. Louis native suffered a stroke last year while campaigning. He had previously stepped down as the GOP leader to focus on rehab, and now says he needs to concentrate on recovery full-time.
St. Louis, MO – The Gateway Arch is the iconic symbol of St. Louis, and the structure most associated with Finnish architect Eero Saarinen. But in his relatively short career, Saarinen had a hand in hundreds of other projects.
A new retrospective that opened Friday at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University hopes to expand the understanding people have of Saarinen and the influence he had on things as large as office buildings and as small as home furnishings.
Springfield, IL – New Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he wants to push back the date of the state's primary elections.
Quinn says he will push legislation to move the primary from February to September, so that elected officials can focus this year on remedying the state's problems. But Quinn says top leaders can't afford to start campaigning so soon, when the state just removed a governor for abusing his power and the government is saddled with a three-billion-dollar deficit.
St. Louis, MO – The roads aren't the only places being clogged up by the recent weather in St. Louis. Chunks of ice are clogging the Mississippi River in the St. Louis area, and local river-using businesses are feeling the sting.
The Army Corps of Engineers is flushing ice out at the Melvin Price Lock and Dam at Alton, Illinois, and in the Chain of Rocks area of North St. Louis.
The ice in some places is eight to ten inches thick, and several companies are staying off the water, concerned the ice could damage their barges.
St. Louis, MO – Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill has launched an effort to restrict the salaries at private companies that accept federal bailout dollars.
A report released Wednesday by the New York state comptroller showed financial companies paid out $18.4 billion in bonuses last year despite huge losses. Many had taken federal money, and the comptroller could not determine if taxpayer dollars help fund the bonuses.
St. Louis – Nearly 120,000 homes and businesses in Missouri are still without power and many could remain in the dark for days to come.
A two-day winter storm dumped snow, sleet and ice over much of the state, but an area south of Interstate 44 and the Bootheel region were hardest hit. Six deaths were blamed on the weather - five in accidents on slick roads and one case of hypothermia.