Chicago, ILL – A bankruptcy judge in Chicago says Pittsburgh-based US Steel can buy National Steel despite another bidder's objections that the process was unfair.
Indiana-based National operates Granite Steel, one of the Metro-East's biggest employers, and is bankrupt. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Squires Monday approved its sale for $850 million. US Steel also agreed to take on $200 million in debt.
Columbia, MO – The University of Missouri men's basketball team has suspended guard Ricky Clemons for one year after he pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and false imprisonment.
Clemons originally faced a felony charge of second-degree domestic assault after a woman accused him of choking and holding her against her will at his apartment. The trial was to begin next Tuesday.
Springfield, ILL. – Illinois will resume smallpox vaccinations Wednesday with new warnings.
The state suspended the shots last month after seven people developed heart problems after being vaccinated. Illinois' public health department will now advise those who have had a major coronary problem like a heart attack, or who have a number of risk factors like cholesterol or diabetes, not to get the shot.
Illinois health officials have so far vaccinated 118 health care workers who might be the first to respond to a bioterrorist attack.
The wireless industry is booming. Consumer Reports says there are 135 million cell phone customers in the U.S., and the St. Louis market is particularly active.
A number of companies in the industry are all looking for your business. And as KWMU's Tom Weber reports, such fierce competition - especially in St. Louis - means a constant effort to gain customers and keep them happy.
St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis University physician says obesity may be caused by a communication breakdown between the brain and the body.
Dr. William Banks says fat cells release a protein called leptin that travels through the blood stream to signal the brain to stop eating. But Banks says that signal may not be getting through in the case of obese persons.
St. Louis, Mo. – National Steel Corporation will ask a bankruptcy court judge in Chicago today to approve the sale of its assets to U.S. Steel Corporation.
U.S. Steel won an auction for the assets, which include Granite City Steel, last week. Employees at the Granite City plant, who are represented by the United Steelworkers of America, support the sale to U.S. Steel. District 7 Director Jim Robinson says the deal would guarantee the continued operation of Granite City Steel, one of the Metro-East's biggest employers.
St. Louis, MO – After last week's revelations of controversial executive bonuses at American Airlines, the flight attendants' union will decide Tuesday whether to vote for a third time on job and wage concessions.
Former TWA and current American flight attendant Sherry Cooper says the airline and union are ignoring the needs of St. Louis-based flight attendants.