St. Louis – Almost everyone has had experience with the traditional forms of fundraising: walk-a-thons, bake sales, trivia nights. But one St. Louis resident is taking his efforts to new heights. More precisely, he plans to climb Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa in the hopes of shifting how people think about Christmas.
On an unseasonably warm Saturday morning in November, Chris Juhasz is preparing to hike through Creve Coeur Lake Park.
St. Louis – New Census Bureau figures show Missouri's population is growing at a slower rate than the national average. But the state is likely to keep all of its nine Congressional districts after the official count next year.
The Bureau estimates Missouri's population grew by about 31,000 people between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2009. With a total population of almost 6 million, that equates to a growth rate of barely half a percent.
Nationally, the population grew by 0.86 percent during that same time.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Attorney General's office is warning the elderly to beware of phone calls from people claiming to be their grandchildren.
The scam works like this: A caller posing as the grandchild will phone the intended victim, claim that he or she's in Canada and has been arrested for DWI, injured in an accident, or has experienced some other emergency.
The caller then asks for money to be wired to an account in Canada via Western Union.
Sterling, Ill. – Federal officials tried Tuesday to allay fears that moving terrorism suspects from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois could put the state at greater risk for an attack.
The director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Harley Lappin, told a legislative panel at a public hearing in Sterling, Ill. that Thomson would be the most secure of all federal prisons in the country.
St. Louis – The St. Louis Science Center has launched an end-of-the-year fund-raising push in order to secure $500,000 from a long-time supporter.
The museum must raise the same amount by December 31st. Science Center president Doug King says the museum has received similar challenge grants in the past, but they have been limited to specific projects.
This grant, he said, is meant for general operating expenses.
St. Louis – Public defenders in Missouri, like those in many states, have been overworked and underpaid for years. The lawyers say they have so many cases in Missouri now, that the system is on the verge of collapse. The Supreme Court of Missouri seems to agree. In a recent ruling it opened the door for the state's public defenders to refuse taking on more defendants.
Thomson, Ill. – Supporters and opponents of a White House plan to transfer terrorism suspects from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to an underused prison in northwestern Illinois will converge on a high school auditorium Tuesday for the state's first, and possibly only public hearing on the issue.
Both sides plan rallies before the meeting convenes in the town of Sterling.