St. Louis, MO – Some parents of St. Louis city public school children are speaking out with their concerns about the presence of lead paint in school buildings.
About two dozen people rallied outside of Roe Elementary School today to demand that the dangerous paint be removed. The leader of the group, Green Party mayoral candidate Elston McCowan, says he would make the two-million-dollar expenditure a priority if he is elected.
St. Louis – A transformer fire at a major power substation in south St. Louis County knocked out electricity to about 53,000 homes and businesses around 4:30 this morning, and the first customers started getting power back around 7 a.m.
Ameren spokeswoman Susan Gallagher said the fire caused an automatic shutdown of the substation, and crews began restoring power around 7 a.m.
St. Louis, MO – A local obstetrician says it is okay for some expectant mothers to safely lose weight during their pregnancy.
Dr. Raul Artal -- chair of obstetrics, gynecology and women's health at St. Louis University's School of Medicine -- has launched a program to treat pregnant women with serious weight problems. He says so-called "conventional wisdom" that women should gain 15 pounds during pregnancy should not necessarily be followed by those suffering from obesity.
St. Louis, San Marcos, Tex. and Boston – Black Friday was not as bad as many retailers had expected. One estimate shows American shoppers spent three percent more on the first day of the holiday shopping season than last year.
But given the grim numbers from other economic indicators, this initial rally in consumer spending is not expected to stick around.
Springfield, Ill. – Governor Rod Blagojevich says Illinois residents should know he did not want to close seven state parks and a dozen historic sites, but he needed to make the cuts to balance the budget.
Blagojevich put out the statement Sunday, as the facilities were about to close.
The governor said the closings had to happen to offset a $2 billion budget deficit.
Blagojevich said he would "continue to take steps to reduce the shortfall so that Illinois has a budget that works."
St. Louis, MO – Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation say they will be ready to open the western half of Interstate 64 in two weeks.
Crews must still repave and restripe Brentwood Boulveard near the Galleria, which will lead to lane closures. One lane in each direction of Brentwood will be shut down between 7am and 5pm starting December 2nd to accommodate the work.