Pierce City, Mo – President Bush has declared disaster areas in parts in of Kansas and Missouri as a result of Sunday's killer tornadoes.
That announcement today from Federal Emergency Management Agency head Michael Brown. He is visiting both states today, to see the damage first-hand, and announced the declaration in Pierce City, Missouri.
The declaration clears the way for federal emergency assistance to the affected counties. It covers seven Kansas counties and 39 in Missouri.
Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was in Collinsville Monday to announce the newest five-year plan for road construction projects in the state.
He's proposing $1.7 billion in projects for next year to maintain and improve the state's roads and bridges. That's a significant drop from the $2.3 billion being spent this fiscal year, which ends June 30th.
The governor says Illinois would have liked to invest more money in the road program, but the state's financial crisis makes that impossible.
Edwardsville, Ill. – Another lawsuit has been filed in Madison County accusing Philip Morris of misleading smokers with its marketing of light-brand cigarettes.
The new lawsuit comes six weeks after the company lost a record $10.1 billion dollar verdict for leading Illinois consumers to believe Marlboro Lights and Cambridge Lights were safer than regular cigarettes. That verdict is under appeal.