Edwardsville, Ill. – Attorneys in Edwardsville wrapped up six weeks of testimony today in a consumer fraud case against the Philip Morris tobacco company.
Lawyers representing more than a million Illinois smokers say the company should pay $21 billion in punitive and compensatory damages for falsely marketing light cigarettes as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes.
But Philip Morris attorneys say when Marlboro Lights were first introduced in the early 70s, consumers did not perceive them as being safer.
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 that President Bush has made the case that Saddam Hussein presents a real threat to U.S. interests.
St. Louis, MO – There's a shakeup at the Metropolitan Sewer District. A copyrighted Post-Dispatch story says St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive Buzz Westfall have asked five of the MSD Board's six trustees to resign.
Slay and Westfall are expected to announce Friday afternoon nominees to replace them.
Recent reports about conflicts of interest among the trustees have put the agency under scrutiny. The new board may also be asked to consider removing a $500 million referendum from the April ballot.
More than 40 years ago, Jane Goodall started watching chimpanzees in the forests of Tanzania. Her time living with the animals led to new observations about their behavior and culture.
She's now an internationally known scientist who spends most her time traveling the lecture circuit. Goodall brought her message of conservation and preservation to St. Louis Thursday and spoke with KWMU's Tom Weber at the Science Center.
Oakville, MO – Police officers, school officials and students in south St. Louis County met today to discuss what to do to avoid more fatal car crashes involving young people.
St. Louis County Police Major Tim Fitch says the department will train officers to better educate teens. They're also looking into programs sponsored by other organizations to offer alternatives to dangerous road practices. One idea is to allow teens opportunities to drive on race tracks under controlled conditions.