St. Louis, MO – Secretary Gale Norton toured a new $3 million building near the Arch that is the new home for crews who maintain the Arch and Old Courthouse grounds. Norton says the project is part of the President's goal to reduce a backlog of maintenance needs at US parks and historic sites.
Norton says her Department will still create national parks and historic sites, but only after those places meet stricter standards to assure they'll be maintained.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis University is looking for volunteers to take part in a nationwide clinical trial to test the potency of the current smallpox vaccination. The study focuses on people aged 32 to 70 who've already been vaccinated against smallpox at least once. Researchers will measure how well volunteers respond to three randomly selected dilutions of the vaccine.
St. Louis, MO – A 41-year-old man is suing a former priest and the St. Louis Archdiocese over sexual abuse he says he endured for two years in the 1970s.
Matt Layton, of Webster Groves, says he was abused by Joseph Ross, but only recalled it in March. Layton says he was an altar boy in 1975 at St. Williams Church in suburban St. Louis when the abuse began.
St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Department of Transportation today delivered what it calls its most comprehensive annual report ever to state lawmakers.
MoDot has been a target for criticism in past years because of its failure to complete long-range projects, and a statewide tax hike for transportation funding failed this spring. Department spokesman Jeff Briggs says for these reasons, they wanted this year's report to be as inclusive as possible.
St. Louis, MO – A federal grand jury hands up indictments against three St. Louis men in connection with the murder of a bank guard during a robbery last month.
Robert Bolden, Corteze Edwards and Dominick Price already face state charges of first-degree murder in the October seventh death of guard Nathan Ley. Ley was shot to death outside a Bank of America branch as he stepped in to stop an attempted robbery.
St. Louis, MO – The city of St. Louis is a little bit closer to insuring the Cardinals stay downtown.
A copyrighted story in the St. Louis Business-Journal reports the city and team quietly signed a pair of agreements on Monday. That was one day before Proposition S passed to require voter approval of any public financing of stadiums.
Alderman Irving Clay says while the current deal doesn't need voter approval any changes would.