Congress last week took its first of many steps in funding the military for the next year.
There are still month's of negotiations to go before defense spending is set, but one mission at Scott Air Force Base is already on the chopping block. President Bush has proposed cutting all funding for the medial evacuation plane called the C-9.
Edwardsville, Ill. – Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville is trying again to build a nine-hole golf course on its campus.
The school made a similar attempt in the 1980s; now officials say the growing number of students on campus increases the need for more recreational opportunities.
But five other golf courses in the Edwardsville area are unhappy about possible competition from a university. Another group opposed is one of radio-controlled airplane operators, who would lose their airfield if the course is built.
St. Louis, MO – In February, workers built a bracket underneath the bridge to transfer weight off of a cracked steel beam discovered during a routine inspection. Next month, St. Louis Bridge Construction Company will replace the entire floor beam with prefabricated steel.
Missouri Department of Transportation spokesman Chris Sutton says the work will be done at night during off peak hours.
Chicago, Ill. – Illinois has become the first state to ban the herbal supplment ephedra. Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the ban into law on Sunday; it takes effect immediately.
The supplement is popular among athletes who see it as a diet drug. But it has also been blamed on more than 100 deaths in the U.S., including the death of a high school football player in central Illinois last year.
St. Louis, Mo. – Special Memorial Day events included a service at Jefferson Barracks to honor those who died in service to the United States. The Air Force Band of Mid America and the St. Louis Gateway singers performed.
US Senator Jim Talent of Missouri took part in a Memorial Day ceremony at the Warren County Courthouse. He says it's important to remember those who gave their lives for the country.