St. Louis – Vice President Joe Biden used a Thursday visit to a police training center in St. Louis to highlight the impacts of the federal stimulus package.
"In the city of St. Louis, that means $8 million to put 50 police officers back on the beat supporting their families and protecting yours," Biden said. Thousands of other first responder jobs have also been created across the nation, but Biden said a full economic recovery will come only with the creation of many more new jobs in all areas of the economy.
St. Louis, MO – Juan Bermudez has a new Kindle after all.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis gave Bermudez, 29, the electronic reading tablet at a ceremony at the school today.
The UMSL math major had purchased a Kindle on-line earlier this year. Bermudez discovered that the Kindle had been stolen from Missouri state auditor Susan Montee's car while it was parked in Forest Park. Bermudez turned it over to the police.
St. Louis – Rush Limbaugh has been dropped from a group seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams.
The conservative talk show host was to be a limited partner in a group headed by Dave Checketts, chairman of the St.Louis Blues.
Checketts said in a statement Wednesday that Limbaugh's participation had become a complication in the group's efforts, and the bid will move forward without him. Checketts said he will have no further comment.
St. Louis – Talk-show host Rush Limbaugh's announcement that he wants to buy a share of the St. Louis Rams football team has some fans in St. Louis, the NFL and others concerned. They are worried about Limbaugh's past comments that were deemed racially divisive.
St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann reports for NPR's All Things Considered.
St. Louis, MO – Owners of several restaurants, smoke shops and other small businesses announced their opposition today to St. Louis County's proposed smoking ban.
Proposition N will be on the county ballot November 3rd. It calls for a ban on smoking in some indoor public places, exempting casinos, smoking lounges at Lambert Airport and drinking establishments that earn 75 percent or more of their sales from alcohol.
St. Louis, MO – Barge traffic on the Mississippi River is at a standstill at Clarksville, Missouri, because of a broken lock and dam.
Machinery at Lock 24 failed early today with a tow boat headed north on the Mississippi still in the lock chamber.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Alan Dooley says that the boat, along with its six barges, has since been released from the chamber. But the lock will likely be shut down until Thursday afternoon.