St. Louis, Mo. – Trauma centers in Missouri are celebrating Governor Bob Holden's signing of the Medicaid portion of the state budget, which will keep them open for at least another year.
The most endangered hospital may have been DePaul Health Center in north St. Louis County. Hospital president Melinda Clark says state funding was set to run out Monday - and she was preparing to close DePaul's trauma services.
St. Louis, MO – A last attempt by former TWA flight attendants to delay layoffs failed in a New York court Monday, meaning Tuesday (July 1) is the last day on the job for more than 3,100 American Airlines employees.
That number includes every flight attendant who worked for TWA before American bought the company. American says the furloughs will not affect operations at Lambert Airport.
Chicago, ILL. – A former top aide to former Illinois Governor George Ryan will be sentenced in Chicago today.
Scott Fawell was also Ryan's campaign director; he was convicted of racketeering in March as part of the licenses for bribes scandal. His was the biggest case to date in the five-year federal investigation of corruption during Ryan's time as Illinois' Secretary of State.
St. Louis, MO – Telemarketers in Missouri are waiting to see what effect the national 'do not call' list will have. The president of a St. Louis telemarketing firm says thousands of Missouri jobs are in danger because of the list.
At least ten-thousand Missourians are employed by the telemarketing industry. Beginning in September, telemarketers will have to check the list every three months to make sure they don't call anyone on it. Anyone who calls a person on the 'do not call' list could be fined up to $11,000 for each violation.
St. Louis, MO – Thousands of people gathered in Tower Grove Park Sunday for St. Louis's gay pride celebration; it was the 24th annual PrideFest. Organizers say their predictions put as many as 50,000 people there.
The day also featured a parade; it came just days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws that ban gay sex.
Gay pride events nationally marked the anniversary of gays fighting back against a police raid on a gay bar in June 1969 in New York.
Chicago, IL – Former Governor George Ryan's long-time top aide Scott Fawell was sentenced today to six-and-a-half years in prison for a racketeering scheme in which state employees and taxpayer dollars were used to fuel campaigns.
The 46-year-old Fawell's voice broke with emotion as he apologized to his politically prominent family before U-S District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer imposed the sentence.