St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Conference of Mayors is calling on the federal government to help with rising hunger and homelessness in the country. The group released a report today that showed a dramatic increase in demand. The conference polled 25 cities including St. Louis where demand is up by 15-percent for emergency food.
St. Louis, MO – The University of Missouri names Donald Driemeier to serve as interim chancellor of the St. Louis campus. The 64-year-old Driemeier will succeed Chancellor Blanche Touhill. She will retire at the end of the year. Driemeier will assume his new post on January 1.
St. Louis, MO – Monsanto president and chief executive Hendrik Verfaillie has resigned, effective immediately.
Monsanto, based in St. Louis, gives no reason for the resignation.
Board chairman Frank AtLee the Third will serve as interim chief executive while a search for a replacement is conducted.
Verfaillie has been with Monsanto for 26 years. He led the company through a merger with Pharmacia and Upjohn, then an initial public offering, followed by the completion of the spinoff from Pharmacia earlier this year.
St. Louis, MO – AAA Motor Club says this holiday season will see higher gas prices for Missourians, but fewer cars on the road.
The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas yesterday was a $1.25, up about three cents since last week.
Analysts predict prices will continue to rise slightly through New Year's, but not because of the holidays. Anxiety in the oil market and rises in the crude oil and wholesale gas prices will be bigger factors.
Washington, DC – U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has named former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson to the panel that will investigate the September 11th attacks.
Republicans and Democrats each appoint five members of the ten-member board.
Hastert picked Thompson two days after Henry Kissinger resigned as the commission's chair. Thompson was Illinois' longest serving governor and is currently the co-chair of Governor-elect Rod Blagojevich's transition team.
St. Louis, MO – Supporters of Dick Gephardt say the Missouri Democrat can only benefit from Al Gore's departure from the presidential race, and possibly make him the front-runner because of name recognition.
Gore announced yesterday he would not seek the presidency, leaving the race for Democratic presidential candidate wide open.
Gephardt praised Gore's long record of public service, and said his voice would be missed in the presidential contest.