Washington, DC – The U.S. State Department has reached a $32 million settlement with St. Louis-based Boeing Satellite Systems.
The government had accused Boeing, as well as Hughes Electronics Corporation, of illegally helping China analyze why two of their rocket launches failed. Congressional investigations during the 1990s found China gained valuable missile information from those reviews. China, though, says it needed no help.
Springfield, IL – An Illinois House committee Thursday approved legislation that would ban executions in the state.
The bill, which now goes to the floor for a vote by the full House, was approved by the Judiciary Committee after dramatic testimony from men who were sentenced to die for crimes they said they did not commit.
Three years ago, then-Governor George Ryan halted executions in Illinois after 13 men on death row were found to have been wrongly convicted.
St. Louis, MO – Ford Motor Company and Missouri officials are downplaying a newspaper report that the automaker plans to close its Hazelwood assembly plant in August 2005 and move production of two SUV's to Louisville.
A Ford spokesman says no fixed date has been set for the closure, aside from that move coming by mid-decade. And Missouri congressman Dick Gephardt says a state task force is still working to change Ford's mind.
St. Louis, Mo. – Eight candidates vying for two seats on the St. Louis school board met at a city high school Tuesday night to answer questions from the public.
The candidates fielded questions ranging from enhancing student achievement to financial management. Each of the eight agreed the district is responsible for addressing its students' social problems and echoed the need for community partnerships.
Candidate Antonio French wants to see the district shift 35% of its non-instructional budget back into the classroom.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis mayor Francis Slay says a federal grant to revitalize a once thriving retail area in south St. Louis is a positive step forward.
Slay joined Missouri Congressman Richard Gephardt at the former Famous Barr site at Kingshighway and Chippewa Wednesday, where Gephardt announced an $810,000 economic development grant for the site. Slay says redeveloping the Southtown area is a major priority for the city.