St. Louis – The north St. Louis home where rock pioneer Chuck Berry wrote and rehearsed many of his classic songs, including "Johnny B. Goode," and "Roll Over Beethoven" has been added to the national register of historic places.
Berry and his wife bought the house on Whittier street in the city's Greater Ville neighborhood in 1950, and lived there until 1958.
The listing would not prevent someone from tearing the house down, but the designation would help a future owner get preservation tax credits.
St. Louis, MO – Winter weather and the approaching Christmas season made it another abnormal commute today, the second day of the eastern half of the I-64 reconstruction. Traffic volume was off about 20 percent.
Missouri Department of Transportation district engineer Ed Hassinger says most of the travel problems were again weather-related. Traffic patterns stabilized much faster after the western half shut down last January, Hassinger said, but the winter weather and the holidays will keep them in flux for the next two weeks.
Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois General Assembly is meeting in special session this week to consider holding a special election to replace Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate. But it's already clear that ousting Governor Rod Blagojevich is at the top of lawmakers' to-do list.
Democratic Representative Jack Franks said on a scale of one to 10, "impeachment is 25 and everything else is a two."
The legislative session will be the first since Blagojevich was arrested last week.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said he will not serve under Governor-elect Jay Nixon.
Doyle Childers said he'll resign by the time Nixon becomes governor.
Childers said his time at the department was consumed by fights with Nixon over a proposal to tear down a railroad bridge that crosses the Missouri River along the Katy Trail near Boonville and the cleanup of Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park after the Taum Sauk hydroelectric reservoir failed in 2005.
Springfield, IL – The Illinois House has started the slow process to impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich. Lawmakers voted 113-0 Monday evening to create a committee that will consider whether or not to proceed with efforts to oust Blagojevich from office.
Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie will lead the committee, which will have subpoena power. She said Blagojevich has the right of due process.
Washington, DC – Both Missouri senators -- Republican Kit Bond and Democrat Claire McCaskill -- voted in favor of the $14 billion bailout of the U.S. auto industry. But the measure was defeated, and congressional help for the ailing industry appears dead.
Bond and McCaskill's support for the measure stems from the auto industry's presence in Missouri.