Springfield, Ill. – Former Illinois governor Jim Thompson is leading the push for lawmakers to help a major tobacco company.
A Madison County judge ruled last week that Philip Morris must pay billions in damages for portraying light cigarettes as a safer alternative than the regular kind. In order to appeal the ruling, the company must put $12 billion dollars in a so-called appeal bond, which is says is not possible.
St. Louis, Mo. – Muslims and Arab-Americans in St. Louis and nationwide may soon get a safety kit.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is distributing the packs, which contain advice about what to do if they're threatened or the victim of a hate crime. It also offers suggestions on how to strengthen relationships with schools, police, and community groups.
The council started the kits after crime increased against people perceived as Middle Eastern just before the invasion of Iraq began.
St. Louis, MO – Minority contractors in St. Louis say not enough minority-owned firms are being hired for the Metrolink extension project.
This month Metro, formerly Bi-State, awarded a $74.8 million contract to McCarthy Construction for the first leg of the rail line. Metro wants 20 percent of the work to go to minority-owned subcontractors.
Eddie Hasan of the MoKan Contractors Association says McCarthy is only achieving 9 percent.