St. Louis, MO – Minority contractors in St. Louis say not enough minority-owned firms are being hired for the Metrolink extension project.
This month Metro, formerly Bi-State, awarded a $74.8 million contract to McCarthy Construction for the first leg of the rail line. Metro wants 20 percent of the work to go to minority-owned subcontractors.
Eddie Hasan of the MoKan Contractors Association says McCarthy is only achieving 9 percent.
Scott Air Force Base, Ill. – Emergency crews at Scott Air Force Base responded to a fake terrorist attack Monday. An explosion simulated a bombing in which some of the base's top commanders were killed and half a building was destroyed.
The building is the headquarters of the 375th Airlift Wing, the unit that runs the airbase.
Colonel Larry Strube says the exercise was planned months ago and there was discussion of changing plans because of the war in Iraq.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis's mayor and various religious leaders are speaking out against any plans to cut the state's Medicaid programs for the young and poor.
Opponents of calls to cut the programs say the move would leave at least 160,000 children and adults without health insurance.
At a new conference today at a Presbyterian church in St. Louis, Mayor Francis Slay says he understands that the Missouri Legislature must make some tough decisions in trying to balance the state's budget.
St. Charles, Missouri – Police closed about one mile of Highway 94 in St. Charles yesterday afternoon as anti-war protesters marched from Dusable Park to a Boeing plant.
Between 250 and 300 protesters carried cardboard coffins as they participated in a mock funeral procession. 43-year-old Derek Hildreth was one of 14 who was eventually arrested by police and charged with obstructing traffic as he blocked the Boeing gate.