St. Louis, MO – A national design competition is now underway to make the Gateway Arch grounds more user-friendly.
The call for designs follows the release of a general management plan last month by the National Park Service.
The superintendent of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial -- which includes the Arch -- is Tom Bradley. He says the Arch grounds need to have a better connection to downtown St. Louis and Illinois, across the Mississippi River.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers begin laying the groundwork this week for what's expected to be a difficult budget process.
The Senate Appropriations Committee is to hear public testimony Monday and Tuesday on spending for education, public safety, social services and other government programs. The House appropriations committee for economic development issues is to meet Wednesday.
Legislative committees typically start hearing pleas for spending before their session officially begins in early January.
Springfield, Ill. – The federal government has yet to decide if it will buy a mostly vacant northwestern Illinois prison to hold terrorist suspects from Guantanamo Bay, but state corrections officials are already moving forward with the process to sell the Thomson Correctional Center.
They must go through the same procedure for closing any other state facility, and that began last week when corrections director Michael Randle sent in his official recommendation to close Thomson.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Newly released records show Gov. Jay Nixon's staff was planning to add tens of thousands of children to Missouri's health care rolls. But the plan was put on hold because of budget troubles.
Documents provided to The Associated Press show the Department of Social Services identified six ways to increase enrollment in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance program.
The proposal would have added nearly 42,000 people, mostly children.
St. Louis, MO – Former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Herzog managed the Cardinals from 1980 to 1990, and led the Redbirds to a World Series Championship in 1982 and two National League pennants.
Speaking at a press conference at Busch Stadium, Herzog said his time with the Cardinals was the high-point of his career, and he will be forever thankful to St. Louis fans and former Cardinals owner August "Gussie" Busch Jr.
St. Louis, MO – Interstate 64 will open again in St. Louis Monday morning after a $524 million reconstruction project that spanned close to two years.
Transportation officials and political leaders cut the ribbon Sunday on the second half of the project - a five-mile stretch of highway between I-170 and Kingshighway. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says the closure may have been painful but it also taught motorists some lessons.