St. Louis, MO – St. Louis County Executive Buzz Westfall says an arrangement will be made to share a hotel/motel tax revenue surplus between St. Louis city and county. Speaking to members of the hotel industry Thursday in Clayton, Westfall said neither he nor the county council can agree to send all of the surplus to the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, which helps bring business to area hotels, and to downtown St. Louis tourist venues.
St. Louis – American Airlines announced yesterday it would reduce its workforce by an additional 1,100 flight attendants, including 400 in St. Louis.
A company spokesman says voluntary options like job sharing and leaves of absence might prevent some job cuts.
Any layoffs would take effect February First.
Spokesman Todd Burke says the window to take the options will begin December eleventh and close January seventh. After that American will have a clearer idea of how many flight attendants will be laid off.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis' new maximum security jail is now receiving prisoners. This week, corrections officials transferred 32 inmates convicted in the city but incarcerated in the St. Louis County jail. St. Louis' minimum security facility, the Workhouse, isn't large enough to house the city's daily inmate population, so the city leases prisoner beds from the county. St. Louis public safety director Sam Simon says though the new 101-million dollar facility is operational, the city will still maintain the Workhouse.
St. Louis, MO – With war in Iraq looming as a possibility, the peace movement continues to gain momentum in the St. Louis area. Rallies have been held in recent months by a number of different groups opposed to President Bush's threat of sending US troops into Iraq. Jim McGinnis, with the Instead of War Coalition in St. Louis, says his stance is firm regardless of what the weapons inspectors find in Iraq.
Springfield, IL – After nearly ten years of Republican leadership in the Illinois Senate, a Chicago Democrat will take over the chamber come January.
Senate Democrats voted Senator Emil Jones to be the chamber's next president last night. Democrats will have control of both chambers of the legislature when the next General Assembly convenes in January. Jones will replace current Senate President Pate Philip.