St. Louis, MO – First Lady Laura Bush has high praise for the students of one suburban St. Louis high school. Mrs. Bush visited Maplewood Richmond Heights High School Wednesday to highlight the school's character education program. Junior Stephen Griffard is a member of the school's Character Plus team; a group which helps to teach other students such concepts as honesty and self-confidence. Griffard says his school's culture reinforces the values he's learned at home.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Department of Conservation wants St. Louis based Ameren U-E to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit over fish killed this spring at the Lake of the Ozarks.
The lawsuit blames the utility company for the death of 43,000 fish at Bagnall Dam. More than 20 species were affected. The department says a rare species, the paddlefish, accounts for most of the financial loss.
Ameren filed its own lawsuit last week in Jefferson City, trying to keep the state from seeking reparations.
St. Louis, MO – The first of two debates between Missouri's Major party US Senate candidates took place Monday night in St. Louis.
Democratic incumbent Jean Carnahan and Republican challenger Jim Talent squared off in St. Louis' public television studios to talk about issues like homeland security, social security and prescription drug benefits for seniors. KWMU's Hillary Wicai reports.
East St. Louis, IL – An East St. Louis legislator is defending her decision to ask state troopers to drive her to Springfield.
Democratic Representative Wyvetter Younge says in a statement today she asked for the 200-mile round trip rides three times. She says the service from the state police is made available to state legislators in extreme situations.
And Younge says she usually only asked for rides during snowstorms or other weather events.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis County Executive Buzz Westfall says a nearly 500-acre tract of land near Lambert Airport represents one of the most exciting economic development opportunities in the region's history.
Westfall says the property will be developed for manufacturing, warehousing and distribution use. When completed, the project is expected to have an economic impact of more than $7 billion.