St. Louis, MO – In February, workers built a bracket underneath the bridge to transfer weight off of a cracked steel beam discovered during a routine inspection. Next month, St. Louis Bridge Construction Company will replace the entire floor beam with prefabricated steel.
Missouri Department of Transportation spokesman Chris Sutton says the work will be done at night during off peak hours.
Chicago, Ill. – Illinois has become the first state to ban the herbal supplment ephedra. Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the ban into law on Sunday; it takes effect immediately.
The supplement is popular among athletes who see it as a diet drug. But it has also been blamed on more than 100 deaths in the U.S., including the death of a high school football player in central Illinois last year.
St. Louis, Mo. – Special Memorial Day events included a service at Jefferson Barracks to honor those who died in service to the United States. The Air Force Band of Mid America and the St. Louis Gateway singers performed.
US Senator Jim Talent of Missouri took part in a Memorial Day ceremony at the Warren County Courthouse. He says it's important to remember those who gave their lives for the country.
Jefferson City, MO – Democrats are taking to the airwaves this week with campaign-style commercials about Missouri's state budget.
The ads will tout Governor Holden's views of what could happen to basic state services because of budget cuts from the Republican-controlled Legislature.
The aim is to put pressure on lawmakers before they return to Jefferson City in one week to start a special legislative session. The governor called the session to ask lawmakers to consider raising some taxes to help prevent some deep cuts.