St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden has been elected chairman of the Midwestern Governors Conference.
He assumed the chairmanship during a weekend meeting of the National Governor's Association in Washington. Before he left for Washington, Holden said he would bring a message to the nation's leaders about states like Missouri that are struggling with huge budget deficits.
Sunday, NAACP president and CEO Kweisi Mfume was in St. Louis as part of a series of events marking Black History Month.
Mfume recently attended the NAACP's national board meeting, where a number of Bush administration policies were discussed. KWMU's Kevin Lavery spoke with Mfume about some of those issues, including the president's opposition to the University of Michigan's affirmative action admissions policy, which the NAACP endorses.
St. Louis, Mo. – Saint Louis University is launching a campaign to raise $45 million in private donations to help pay for a new university arena.
The total cost of the project is $80 million, with the remainder coming from selling revenue bonds and city-backed economic development incentives. The St. Louis Board of Alderman has already approved a $15 million tax increment financing (TIF) plan.