Springfield, IL – With just a week left in office, Illinois Governor George Ryan is making more appointments to state jobs.
Yesterday he appointed a Chicago area State Senator and a senior aide in his office to the state's Pollution Control Board. The jobs went to Republican Senator Doris Karpiel of Carol Stream and senior environmental adviser Lynne Padovan. He also gave a job to State Senator William Shaw, a Democrat who lost in November.
The three will earn $99,000 a year if the State Senate confirms their appointments.
Jefferson City, MO – Missourians can now access information on the state's nursing homes via the Internet.
Information about long-term facilities, including nursing homes, can be found at the site. It includes information about latest inspection, including whether the home had any violations and whether the violations were corrected.
Last fall, Governor Bob Holden ordered the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to place the information on the agency's Internet site.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is hopeful financing for a new stadium for the St. Louis Cardinals could be in place within three months or so.
Slay says efforts are on track to raise the private money needed to help build the stadium. But St. Louis County still needs to approve its portion of the project - $ 45 million. That request has yet to go before the county council.
St. Louis, MO – About 50 Missouri public health workers took part in a day-long training session Tuesday to learn how to administer the smallpox vaccine. The training comes in response to the Bush administration's recommendation to immunize thousands of health care professionals across the country.
Some medical officials have questioned the safety of treating patients who have weakened immune systems. But Dr. Robert Hamm with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says current data suggests it is safe.
Jefferson City, MO – Civic and business leaders are appealing to Missouri highway planners not to reduce the St. Louis region's transportation funding. State transportation officials say they want to devise a more objective way of distributing transportation dollars.
But local officials say MODOT's proposal would cut the region's allocation by $45 million each year starting in 2007. St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association president Dick Fleming says MODOT's proposal is ill-conceived.
St. Louis, MO – Two Catholic high schools in St. Louis County will merge because of declining enrollments.
Archbishop Justin Rigali says the archdiocese will consolidate St. Thomas Aquinas-Mercy High School in Florissant with Rosary High School. The yet-to-be-named new school will open in August on the campus of Rosary.
The archdiocese will then sell the property where St. Thomas Aquinas-Mercy is, with proceeds going to the Rosary campus.
St. Louis, MO – A new report says defendants in capital murder trials in Missouri are charged selectively and treated unfairly.
The report was compiled by three academic researchers in Missouri and New York. When they examined Missouri death penalty cases between 1978 and 1996, they found that minority and ecnomically disadvanteaged defendants are charged and convicted more often than whites and those with money.
St. Louis, MO – As Dick Gephardt joins an increasingly crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls, a report says that win or lose, he will not be running for Congress again.
Citing campaign sources, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Web site stltoday.com reports today that Gephardt will not seek re-election to the House in 2004, regardless of the success or failure of his 2004 presidential bid.