By Matt Sepic, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – An historic hotel in downtown St. Louis will re-open this Saturday.
Workers are putting the final touches on the 918-room Renaissance Grand Hotel part of a $265-million project across from the America's Center Convention Complex.
Marketing Director Traci Russell says the hotel will make St. Louis more competitive as a convention destination.
The building was completely renovated to preserve the original architecture.
Jefferson City, MO – Republican legislative leaders andDemocratic Governor Holden are whittling away at Missouri's budget short-fall.
However, funding cuts still seem likely for public schools.
The leaders remain $82 million shy of covering a projected $350 million short-fall for the fiscal year ending June 30th.
Unless lawmakers come up with more money next week, Holden says he'll have to cut funding for public school districts and state colleges beginning in March.
St. Louis, Mo – The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing's St. Louis operations with a $20 million contract.
The money will help a Boeing division based in St. Louis as it develops a version of a 737 jet that could potentiallyreplace certain aircraft currently in use.
The money is not a final selection of the aircraft. It's intended to provide funds for the next phase of development.
Boeing spokewoman Kathleen Cook says it's an indication the Navy is pleased with what the company has accomplished so far.
St. Louis, Mo – The Saint Louis University men's basketball team scored an upset of the number two team in the nation last night.
The Billikens beat Louisville 59-58, and ending the Cardinals' 17-game winning streak.
Marque Perry hit the game-winning basket with 3.2 seconds to play. Perry had five points in the last 13 seconds.
Saint Louis improves to 9-12 over-all, and is 3-7 in Conference USA. Louisville, 18-2 and 8-1, had won 17 in a row since a two-point loss to Purdue in the second game of the season.
St. Louis, MO – British TV producers are looking for about 20 St. Louisans to come to London to offer opinions about US policy on a new show.
The show will be called America on Trial. Producers say they want to put the St. Louis area residents on camera as part of astudio audience focus group.
The program will be moderated by British journalist Jon Snow. It will take a closer look at US foreign policy and America's role in the post-September 11 world.
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