St. Louis, MO – Public sector employees rallied in downtown St. Louis Monday against a Bush administration proposal to replace up to 1-million federal workers with private contractors over the next three years.
Steve Hollis, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3354, says phasing out government workers would significantly cut public services and raise costs for taxpayers.
Town and Country, Mo. – Another executive has left Charter Communications. The nation's third-largest cable company, based in the St. Louis suburb of Town and Country, says treasurer Ralph Kelly resigned this month to pursue other interests.
In December, Charter fired its chief financial officer and chief operating officer, citing an ongoing federal grand jury inquiry into Charter's accounting practices.
St. Louis – The St. Louis Science Center is receiving federal funding to expand its focus on biotechnology and life sciences education.
Surrounded by displays explaining the complexity of DNA, U.S. Senator Kit Bond announced the science center will receive $775,000 to build new exhibits and galleries dedicated to life sciences education. Bond said the biotechnology field is growing so quickly that science is outpacing public understanding.
The East-West Gateway Coordinating Council is administering a $3 million federal grant to provide transportation services to unemployed and low-income residents who would not otherwise have access to jobs and educational opportunities.
In its initial stages, officials estimate the program could benefit 5,00 to 10,00 people.
Pike County, Ill. – An animal rights group wants to ban so-called "canned hunts" in which animals are hunted in fenced-in areas. In Illinois, a proposed law might accomplish that. But critics say it goes too far.
Shawn Johnson prepared this report for the Great Lakes Radio Consortium. To hear it, click here.