St. Louis, Mo. – The city of St. Louis is leaving the nursing home business. Officials said Thursday the city doesn't have the money to invest in the Harry S Truman Restorative Center, located at 5700 Arsenal.
Truman usually gets $2.5 million each year for operating costs. But the building needs millions of dollars in repairs.
The city has promised to help relocate the 158 residents and find jobs for the 200 employees.
The center opened in 1967; St. Louis city took over operations in 1986.
Atlon, Ill. – The Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois has named the Alton City Hall as one of the state's 10 most endangered historic places.
The 75-year-old structure is in need of repair, and the city of Alton is considering whether to renovate it or tear it down and build a new facility.
The building is considered to be a good example of the Classical Revival style of architecture. But preservation council president David Bahlman says beyond that, Alton City Hall is culturally important.
St. Louis, Mo – A train car in southwest St. Louis leaked some flammable liquid yesterday. There were no injuries or evacuations, though cleanup crews blocked off streets that caused some traffic jams.
Fire officials say the warm weather caused the diethyl ketone to expand and leak from a faulty seal in the tanker car.
A railroad hazardous materials (HAZ-MAT)team changed the seal, stopped the leak and cleaned the spill.
The flammable liquid is used to make pharmaceuticals, synthetics, pesticides and solvent.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House gave initial approval Wednesday to a proposal that would require women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion. The waiting period would be waived in the cases of medical emergencies.
The plan also requires women to sign a statement saying they had not been coerced into having an abortion. That caused several female Democrats in the House to call the plan an insult, saying it suggested women are less capable of amking decisions.
Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will address lawmakers in his first State of the State address today.
He's expected to talk about preschool for all children, prescription drug costs, and club drugs like ecstasy. Lawmakers hope he also addresses how to fill a huge budget deficit which could reach $5 billion.
The speech starts at noon on Wednesday. It will air live here on 90.7, KWMU.
Former General Barry McCaffrey retired from active duty in 1996 as one of the most decorated generals in U.S. Army history. He led the 24th Infantry Division on an attack into Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War, and later served as President Clinton's Drug Czar.
While in St. Louis Tuesday, he told KWMU's Matt Sepic President Bush has made the case that Saddam Hussein presents a real threat to U.S. interests.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri House Republican leaders have proposed doing away with the state's traditional budget process. Republicans are frustrated in their attempts to make cuts to government programs. So they've dropped specific dollar appropriations for the state's thousands of programs. Instead, they plan to give departments a lump sum of money to spend as they choose.
Speaker Catherine Hanaway says the plan gives department directors total flexibility, forcing them to prioritize programs.