St. Louis, MO. – Former Senator John Danforth is withdrawing his family foundation's offer of $50 million - at least for now - to fund any cultural attraction that may be built on the Gateway Arch grounds.
A Danforth Foundation spokesman says the former Republican senator wrote Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne late last week, that the previous offer would be hard to fulfill given the stock market's decline.
St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis County Council has approved the final part of its controversial trash districting plan.
The plan divided unincorporated St. Louis County into eight trash districts, and awarded contracts to three companies that allowed them to be the only hauler in those districts. But in court, the county's attorney admitted there was no enforcement mechanism.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A citizens commission is moving forward with public hearings to discuss raises for Missouri's elected officials and judges.
The 22-member Missouri Citizens' Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials is meeting with just 10 members, because Governor Matt Blunt has not made his commission appointments and does not plan to do so.
Blunt spokesman Rich Chrismer said the governor does not see a need for a pay raise for elected officials.
St. Louis, MO – A compromise plan to keep the struggling American auto industry afloat being championed by Missouri Republican Kit Bond may come too late for the St. Louis auto industry.
Senator Bond met with Fenton-area business owners and officials at Lumbee Enterprises Monday morning to discuss his proposal, which would use $25 billion originally intended for plant retooling as a loan until the Detroit Three can reach profitability.