St. Louis, MO – One group is asking St. Louis area consumers not to purchase holiday gifts Friday. the group Adbusters Media Foundation is promoting "Buy Nothing Day," which it says is a symbolic protest of unnecessary consumption. Spokesman Paul MacFarlane of St. Louis says they want people to consider the consequences of unchecked spending.
MacFarlane says activists will hand out flyers and drag giant credit cards shackled to their ankles at shopping malls in the St. Louis area tomorrow to make their point.
St. Louis, MO – Indianapolis-based Hunt Construction Group will build the Cardinals' new stadium.
The team made the announcement yesterday, citing the company's experience with building eight of the last eleven big-league ballparks.
None of the other contractors under consideration was St. Louis-based, but Cardinals President Mark Lamping says sub-contractors will do much of the work, which will let St. Louis companies participate.
Other ballparks Hunt Construction has been involved with include:
Granite City, Illinois – Illinois Senator Dick Durbin says election victories by Republicans do not bode well for a toxic waste site in Granite City.
The site where the Jennison-Wright company used to treat railroad ties has been on the federal Superfund list since 1996. That means its in line to get money polluters used to pay to help clean up the sites.
St. Louis, MO – Some St. Louis area lawmakers want to extend the protection the state offers people with its popular No Call list to e-mail users. Democratic senator Wayne Goode and Republican Representative Carl Bearden will introduce legislation to create a so-called no spam list that would prevent e-mail users from receiving unsolicited commercial messages. If approved, Missouri would be among the first states in the nation to have this type of system. Senator Goode says both individuals and businesses would be eligible.
For a variety of reasons food pantries are having a tough time feeding the hungry. The St. Louis Area Foodbank collects and distributes donated food to about 450 pantries and soup kitchens in Missouri and Illinois. Executive Director Frank Finnegan talked with KWMU's Hillary Wicai in the Foodbank Warehouse about how need has grown yet donations have dwindled.
St. Louis, MO – An 18-year-old died yesterday after his car collided with an apparently stolen vehicle.
St. Louis police say a stolen vehicle struck Kenneth Wilkerson's car yesterday.
Police caught one of two teenaged-suspects who fled on foot, but the St. Louis-Post Dispatch reports some witnesses say police have the wrong person in custody. Police Chief Joe Mokwa says police and two witnesses identified the suspect.