Jefferson City, MO – A group that lobbies for Missouri Counties plans to sue Governor Bob Holden over budget cuts it says violate state law.
The Missouri Association of Counties says lawmakers violated the Hancock Amendment last year when they cut about $2 millionfrom the money paid to county assessors, as well as several million more for reimbursing the cost of housing inmates.
St. Louis, MO – Shortly after the plan took off, a passenger complained of eye irritation. But three people who say they were passengers on the flight say that after security guards escorted a man off the plane, smoke began billowing from behind where the man had been sitting. They say security guards then removed a man with a backpack who was sitting at the back of the plane. The three say the plane finally took off after the remaining passengers were taken off the plane and checked in again. Officials say they can't confirm that.
St. Louis, MO – Registered nurse Joe Sanders says making the profession more attractive and offering better benefits would attract younger workers and help retain senior nurses. The National Labor Relations Board is expected to decide this month whether the union would include just those who work at St. Louis Children's Hospital or if it should include nurses at satellite offices. Once that decision is made, the nurses will vote on whether they want to join the United American Nurses.
Lees Summit, Missouri – The state of Missouri today approved spending $12-million to remove and replace an interstate entrance ramp in downtown St. Louis to accommodate a new Cardinals stadium.
The Highways and Transportation Commission voted unanimously to support the project. It calls for removing the eastbound I-64 ramp at Eighth Street and constructing a replacement ramp south of the interstate near Sixth Street. The Cardinals' plan calls for demolition of the existing ramp next summer.
St. Louis, MO – The group behind last month's ballot initiative to grant home rule status for the city of St. Louis wants residents to take a closer look at their local government. Friday, members of Citizens for Home Rule announced plans to organize an undetermined number of public meetings across the city to present both the positives and negatives of city governance. The group's Bert Walker says they hope to create an open and inclusive process through which citizens can revitalize St. Louis.
Since 9-11-2001, many US communities and hospitals have had to admit they might not be ready for a chemical or bioterrorist attack. With that in mind, a team of medical professionals from St. Louis University recently traveled to Israel - a country forced to reckon for years with the threat of terrorism.
KWMU's Hillary Wicai reports on what the team learned and how they'll apply and share that knowledge.
Springfield, IL – Illinois Senate Republicans have picked a veteran lawmaker from near St. Louis to lead them.
Frank Watson will succeed the retiring Pate Philip. Watson is from Greenville and becomes the only legislative leader outside of the Chicago area. He says Republicans need to rebuild and his position will be an important one. As a leader... Watson can help set legislative priorities.... make committee assignments and control large sums of money.