Pasadena, CA – Missouri's float in yesterday's tournament of Roses parade took home one of the 23 trophies awarded.
The city of St. Louis took home the Isabella Coleman Trophy, for the best presentation of color and color harmony through flower use. Budweiser Clydesdales pulled the float, which featured a huge ship covered in redwood bark and colorful fish and other water creatures. The prize-winning entry was titled "Underwater Discovery."
The Rose Parade theme this year was "Children's Dreams, Wishes and Imagination."
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay took part in a special service Wednedsay morning to celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation - the document that led to the abolition of slavery.
The Reverend Emmanuel Cleaver - the former Mayor of Kansas City - told worshippers at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church that despite the fact that slavery was ended, racism and bigotry still exist in the world. He also preached that each generation owes a debt to the previous generation.
St. Louis, MO – The woman who will become the next Speaker of the Missouri House says Republicans hope to keep their promise of sending more Lottery money to schools. Catherine Hanaway of suburban St. Louis says improving education and creating jobs are dependent on each other. She says a good job market will be more educated, and better schools attract businesses which is why more gambling money should go to schools.
Jefferson City, MO – For Missouri Gov. Bob Holden, the upcoming year presents a number of challenges.
He will be dealing with a Republican-controlled House and Senate for the first time. And the state budget is expected to be the subject of much negotiation. Spending cuts - which have totaled nearly $900 million over the past two years - are likely to play a prominent role.
St. Louis, MO – Greg Freeman, host of KWMU's "St. Louis on the Air" and a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, has died.
A native St. Louisan, Freeman began his reporting career at the St. Louis American. He started working at the Post Dispatch in 1980 and joined KWMU as the host of "St. Louis On the Air" in 1999.
He received many awards for his journalism including an Emmy for his show "Mosaic with Greg Freeman" which aired on KETC-TV and a 2002 A.I.R. award for Best Public Affairs Program for "St. Louis On the Air."
St. Louis, MO – On Tuesday, January 7th, KWMU will dedicate its show "St. Louis On the Air" to the man who has been its host for the past three years.
Greg Freeman died on the morning of New Year's Eve, and we will spend an hour on Jan. 7 discussing his life in St. Louis and his time with KWMU. You can join in the conversation with a call during the show, or you can email your condolences, thoughts and comments about Greg to KWMU at email@example.com.
Nevada, MO – The Missouri National Guard is shutting down a boot camp that has served more than 800 high school dropouts in the past four years. Officials say the state's budget crunch is to blame, even though 60% of the program's budget is federal money.
The 22-week Show-Me Challenge program has been at Camp Clark in the western Missouri town of Nevada since 1998. Dropouts study for their GED while learning skills in a military-style atmosphere.