Bloomington, Illinois – Blood bank workers are hoping to build up their supplies before the busy holiday travel season.
Red Cross officials say December often packs a double punch for blood banks. That's because donations go down as people's schedules become more hectic, and traffic accidents increase because more travelers are on the roads.
Don Webb is chief executive officer of the Red Cross Heart of America region. It includes parts of Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. He says blood supplies are adequate for now.
Edwardsville, IL – Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville announced yesterday it would end its wrestling program after this season because of budget shortfalls.
"This was not an easy decision," said SIUE Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt in a statement. "But it is the most prudent financial decision. In keeping with the University's Vision Statement, Intercollegiate Athletics' prime ambition is to be recognized nationally for the excellence in its programs."
St. Louis, MO – One group is asking St. Louis area consumers not to purchase holiday gifts Friday. the group Adbusters Media Foundation is promoting "Buy Nothing Day," which it says is a symbolic protest of unnecessary consumption. Spokesman Paul MacFarlane of St. Louis says they want people to consider the consequences of unchecked spending.
MacFarlane says activists will hand out flyers and drag giant credit cards shackled to their ankles at shopping malls in the St. Louis area tomorrow to make their point.