Washington, D.C. – In Washington, US Senator Kit Bond of Missouri chaired a committee hearing Thursday looking into why thousands of former TWA employees have been laid off since American Airlines bought TWA in 2001.
The hearing sought to answer why American Airlines simply stapled TWA workers to the bottom of their seniority list without properly integrating them.
Kansas City, MO – A train carrying high-level nuclear waste will cross Missouri this year. Ed Gray, with Missouri's Emergency Management Agency, says the shipment will go from West Valley, New York to the northwestern U.S.
Protests cancelled a similar shipment in 2001. That route had the waste entering Missouri near Hannibal and leaving from Kansas City.
A specific date for this year's trip is not yet set.
St. Louis, Mo. – A St. Louis attorney is suing the city Board of Education on behalf of more than 20 parents who say the schools should have never hired a so-called "turnaround firm" to act as interim superintendent.
Lawyer Donnell Smith says school board members violated Missouri's sunshine law by holding unauthorized meetings.
"There was no public participation, no dialogue, and we believe public participation and dialogue always helps people in power to make good decisions," Smith said.
Washington, DC – The Washington Post reports Wednesday that Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt tried to quietly add language that would benefit Philip Morris into the almost 500-pages of legislation that created the Homeland Security Department.
The move came last November, just hours after Blunt was elected whip, the third highest GOP post in the House. The provision would have made it harder to sell tobacco online but was removed when top Republicans learned of the effort.
Mayors across the country have wrapped up their weekend Conference in Denver. The city leaders have discussed everything from homeland security, to fiscal budget problems facing all cities, to West Nile Virus.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay was there, and spoke by phone Monday with KWMU's Tom Weber about the conference.