St. Louis, Mo – Former General Barry McCaffrey retired from active duty in 1996 as one of the most decorated generals in U.S. Army history. He led the 24th Infantry Division on an attack into Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War, and later served as President Clinton's Drug Czar.
While in St. Louis Tuesday, he told KWMU's Matt Sepic President Bush has made the case that Saddam Hussein presents a real threat to U.S. interests.
St. Louis, Mo – As candidates in St. Louis city make their final push for votes in Tuesday's primary election, Mayor Francis Slay says he doesn't anticipate problems in running polls or counting votes.
The mayor also says he expects a lower turnout tomorrow because all the races are local; of the 20 contests on the ballot, only eight feature more than one candidate.
St. Louis, MO – The city of St. Louis' black history celebration today turned into a debate between Alderman Irving Clay and Mayor Francis Slay over racial politics.
Clay, who emceed the annual event, accused Slay of unfairly firing black city workers and targeting Comptroller Darlene Green, who is also African-American. The Mayor then took the podium and said he was disappointed by the allegations, calling them "baseless."
The Continental's been rehabbed, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts has been built, a new high school is under construction and St. Louis University has just announced plans for a new arena. The Grand Center District is undergoing tremendous change. But as KWMU's Hillary Wicai reports it's just the beginning thanks to some creative financing.
Springfield, Ill. – The confirmation of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's prisons chief is in jeopardy, following a Chicago Tribune report about abuses at Cook County's jail.
Blagojevich yesterday asked the state Senate to halt his nomination of Ernesto Velasco; the governor says he's alarmed by a report that guards at Cook County Jail beat and terrorized inmates four years ago.
Velasco was director of the jail at the time of the alleged beatings.