St. Louis – The opening stage of the U.S. led war on Iraq is so far bringing no change to routine jet patrols over the St. Louis area.
Lt. Col. Kathleen Hancox is the executive officer of the 131st Fighter Wing of the Missouri Air National Guard based at Lambert Airport. Hancox says though the wing has received no word of any change in its air patrols, it is tightening access to its facilities.
Washington, D.C. – Area congressional representatives are weighing in on the issue of war with Iraq.
Democrat William Lacy Clay of St. Louis says that he's still opposed to the conflict. He says it will harm diplomatic relations with long-time allies and put American servicemen and women in harm's way unnecessarily.
However, Republican U.S. Senator Jim Talent of Missouri says a peaceful resolution is no longer an option because Saddam Hussein is a "murderous despot with nuclear ambitions."
St. Louis, MO – An Illinois bank will begin foreclosure on St. Louis Union Station Wednesday. The owners can't pay the mortgage, so they're giving ownership of the renovated landmark in downtown to Regency Savings Bank.
Union station officials say the public won't notice any changes. They cite the down economy and more competition with newer malls for their tough fiscal times.
The owners weren't able to get new financing to replace the Regency loan, which became due and payable in October 2001. Regency is based in Oak Park, Ill.