St. Louis, MO – The New Year's Eve "First Night" party returns to St. Louis tomorrow night, but many communities are cutting back or canceling festivities due to tight budgets and sparse giving.
First Night parties, family-oriented festivities that emphasize the arts, will be held in 139 cities this year, 21 fewer than last year.
But First Night returns to St. Louis, where dancers can tango, disco or swing until a midnight fireworks show. Kelly Webber, the event's executive director, says fund-raising was a, quote, "challenge."
St. Louis, MO – Missouri media have voted the U.S. Senate battle between Democrat Jean Carnahan and Republican Jim Talent as the top news story of 2002.
Talent ousted Carnahan in the November fifth general election.
Threads of the story reach to 2000, when Mrs. Carnahan's late husband, Governor Mel Carnahan, died in a plane crash. The crash and the nation's first posthumous election of a U.S. Senator combined for that year's top Missouri news story.
East St. Louis, IL – Several authorities now say they're not so sure East St. Louis City manager Harvey Henderson fell to his death off a bridge.
They say he was knocked over the side by a car or truck, something St. Clair Coroner Rick Stone says he's suspected all along.
Former East St. Louis Mayor Carl Officer, who supervised Henderson's embalming, says he doubts the death was accidental. And an Arkansas medical examiner who reviewed autopsy records for the Belleville News-Democrat says some kind of vehicle hit Henderson.
St. Louis, MO – Every year the holidays result in declining blood donations and this year is no exception. But The American Red Cross in the Missouri-Illinois blood services region reports that last week's winter storm plus the holidays have added up to a very serious blood shortage. Director of Recruitment Michelle Langley says O-negative and B-negative blood are particularly low.
The Red Cross reports O-negative blood currently stands at less than a half-day supply.