Springfield, IL – An Illinois House committee Thursday approved legislation that would ban executions in the state.
The bill, which now goes to the floor for a vote by the full House, was approved by the Judiciary Committee after dramatic testimony from men who were sentenced to die for crimes they said they did not commit.
Three years ago, then-Governor George Ryan halted executions in Illinois after 13 men on death row were found to have been wrongly convicted.
St. Louis, MO – Ford Motor Company and Missouri officials are downplaying a newspaper report that the automaker plans to close its Hazelwood assembly plant in August 2005 and move production of two SUV's to Louisville.
A Ford spokesman says no fixed date has been set for the closure, aside from that move coming by mid-decade. And Missouri congressman Dick Gephardt says a state task force is still working to change Ford's mind.