St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has signed into law a measure that bans the incineration of medical waste in the city.
The law requires such waste to be treated through other technologies whenever possible. Slay signed the legislation at a St. Louis elementary school near an incinerator owned by Chicago-based Stericycle, Inc.
Chicago, IL – Outgoing Southern Illinois Congressman David Phelps hopes the new Governor has a job for him. The Democrat lost his bid to stay in Congress in last month's election to Collinsville Republican John Shimkus. But Rod Blagojevich's election as Governor could mean a state appointment for Phelps, who says he's been talking to the incoming Governor's transition team since the election.
Blagojevich and Phelps have served together in both the Illinois House and in Congress.
St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Conference of Mayors is calling on the federal government to help with rising hunger and homelessness in the country. The group released a report today that showed a dramatic increase in demand. The conference polled 25 cities including St. Louis where demand is up by 15-percent for emergency food.
St. Louis, MO – The University of Missouri names Donald Driemeier to serve as interim chancellor of the St. Louis campus. The 64-year-old Driemeier will succeed Chancellor Blanche Touhill. She will retire at the end of the year. Driemeier will assume his new post on January 1.
St. Louis, MO – Monsanto president and chief executive Hendrik Verfaillie has resigned, effective immediately.
Monsanto, based in St. Louis, gives no reason for the resignation.
Board chairman Frank AtLee the Third will serve as interim chief executive while a search for a replacement is conducted.
Verfaillie has been with Monsanto for 26 years. He led the company through a merger with Pharmacia and Upjohn, then an initial public offering, followed by the completion of the spinoff from Pharmacia earlier this year.