Some police departments are taking proactive measures to better protect themselves and their communities. In St. Louis, chief Joe Mokwa recently mandated that all patrol officers wear body armor when on duty. KWMU's Kevin Lavery reports on what other area departments are doing in response to the phenomenon of crimes involving semi-automatic rifles.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis County is taking a first step towards having uniform emergency communications. A Council committee is considering the establishment of a commission that would ensure first responders can talk with one another. Currently, each of the county's 92 municipalities applies for its own radio frequency. After the committee makes its recommendation to the full council, it's likely to take about a month to finally pass legislation.
St. Louis, MO – A man who helped build the Edward Jones Dome, Savvis Center, and the Science Center has died.
Gabriel Alberici ran the Alberici Construction Company, which his father started in 1918. The company also built the Poplar Street Bridge and the Galleria. Alberici remained active at the firm until 1999. He was 93.
Born in 1909 and raised in Wellston, Alberici began as a welder and joined the firm in 1928 while attending Washington University's engineering school. He became president after his father's death in 1940.
Columbia, MO – An attorney who won a half-billion dollar lawsuit against the University of Missouri says the money isn't important.
A judge ruled in favor of Robert Herman's class action lawsuit last week that accused U-M of illegally charging Missouri undergrads tuition even though a 63-year-old law says qualified youths don't have to pay tuition at state universities.