St. Louis, MO – Despite the economic downturn, the United Way of Greater St. Louis has met its fundraising goal for the 2009 campaign.
The agency took in more than $67 million in gifts and pledges, surpassing its goal by about $600,000. It has lowered its goals in recent years to cope with the crumbling economy, said campaign chairman Hugh Grant, the president and CEO of Monsanto. But paradoxically, he said, the downturn may have helped the agency reach its goal this year.
Marion, Illinois – Two years after major surgery was halted at the VA Medical Center in Marion, Illinois, congressional leaders say they're hopeful that help is finally on the way.
Senators Dick Durbin, Roland Burris and Congressman Jerry Costello met Thursday with Marion VA officials, as well as patients and families. It comes a little more than a week after an Inspector General's Report showed significant problems remain at the facility and two years after nine patients died as a result of sub-standard care.
Brussels – The world's largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev said third quarter revenue fell 10 percent over the year to $9.76 billion as beer sales shrank.
The firm says beer sales were down 3.1 percent because of weak demand in the united states and Europe, where the economic downturn is holding back spending. A year ago, the two companies' revenues were $10.89 billion.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The labor union that represents state workers wants the Missouri Department of Mental Health to upgrade security at the state's maximum security mental hospital in Fulton.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is asking the state to implement the Man-Down alarm system. It consists of a pager-like device that a worker would wear and could activate if physically attacked.
St. Louis, MO – The state is taking steps to evaluate the St. Louis Public Schools to see if and when the district could revert to local control.
Commissioner Chris Nicastro is turning to the panel that filed the initial report back in 2006, which found that the state's largest public district was foundering amid plummeting test scores, a looming financial crisis and ongoing board dysfunction.
Jefferson City, Mo. – America's military veterans were honored today at a ceremony inside the Missouri State Capitol.
A children's choir sang patriotic songs and an honor guard fired volleys just outside the Capitol's doors as the 120-plus audience, military veterans included, paid tribute to those who've served in the armed forces.
Garrett Elliot spent 22 years in the U.S. Navy. While he disagrees with America's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, he says he backs the troops deployed there.