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.
St. Louis, MO – Two men are suing the Reverend Robert Yim, saying he sexually abused them as a childhood mentor and counselor.
One man accuses Yim of molesting him in the early 1970s at their suburban St. Louis parish in Ballwin, as well as during a trip to Kansas City. The other says Yim sexually abused him from 1989 to 1994 at the Catholic school he attended in Fenton.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis says Yim left the active ministry in 1995. Yim served as a St. Louis hospital's chaplain from 1990 until last year.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden criticizes a legislative move to eliminate funding for Missouri's family planning services.
The funding has been controversial in previous years. And the Legislature's anti-abortion majority has sought to prohibit part of the money from going to Planned Parenthood, which also offers abortions.
House Budget Chairman Carl Bearden has eliminated state family planning grants from the next year's proposed budget. He cites the state's continued budget troubles.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali informed area Catholic clergy Tuesday that he will undergo surgery next week for prostate cancer. After a routine physical exam showed the presence of cancerous cells, Rigali and his doctors decided he will have his prostate removed on March 19.
Vicar General Monsignor Richard Stika says Rigali is asking for prayers.
At this time tests give no indication that the cancer has spread.