St. Louis, MO – A conservation group wants to establish a 55,000 acre national wildlife refuge in eastern St. Charles County.
The St. Louis-based Great Rivers Habitat Alliance would preserve land stretching between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and halt flood plain development in one of the fastest-growing regions of the state.
The proposal targets rich river bottomland in eastern St. Charles County that is home to ducks, bald eagles and generations of farmers. It has supporters.
Cahokia, Illinois – Democrat Rod Blagojevich made his first trip to the Metro East since being elected Governor of Illinois Tuesday. Blagojevich spoke to a crowd of more than 100 supporters at Parks Airport in Cahokia, telling them that southwestern Illinois will be included in his plan in Springfield when he assumes office next year.
Congressman Jerry Costello of Belleville introduced Blagojevich saying he was pleased to present the first democratic governor elected in 30 years.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis city voters may be asked in the next election to approve bonds for construction at Lambert Airport.
It's up to the city's Board of Aldermen to put the question on the April ballot. The question would ask voters permission to sell up to $2 billion in bonds. The money could help pay for construction on a new terminal.
City taxpayers would not be liable for borrowing because revenue generated at the airport would pay off the bonds. Voters approved a similar bond authority 11 years ago.
Washington, D.C. – Word from Capitol Hill is that newly-elected Congressman Dick Gephardt will announce tomorrow he's not seeking another term as House Minority Leader. The St. Louis Democrat has long signaled his interest in running for president in 2004; but it's unclear whether Gephardt will address the presidential race tomorrow.