St. Louis, MO – The Missouri General Assembly appears poised to funnel $20 million in federal stimulus money to the agency in charge of St. Louis mass transit.
The deal to provide Metro with the emergency funding still needs legislative and executive approval. But it has the support of lieutenant governor Peter Kinder, House speaker Ron Richard, and House budget chairman Allen Icet. All are Republicans from rural or suburban areas.
Chicago – Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is due to appear in federal court Monday to answer racketeering and fraud charges, but the exact makeup of his legal defense team and where he'll get the money to pay them are still uncertain.
Blagojevich will be arraigned on charges he schemed to sell or trade President Obama's U.S. Senate seat. He's also charged with plotting to use the financial muscle of the governor's office to pressure the Chicago Tribune to fire editorial writers calling for his impeachment.
Jefferson City, MO – A battery manufacturing company in the Kansas City area has rejected a bid to construct its new facility in Missouri, and Governor Jay Nixon blames the loss in part on the State Senate.
Nixon says landing Kokam America's new facility would have resulted in 900 new jobs.
He told reporters at a news conference today that slow action by the Missouri Senate played a role in losing the bid.
St. Louis Children's Hospital opened a new pediatric simulation center on Tuesday. They say it's the first of its kind in the area.
The center has three lifelike child mannequins that can breathe, bleed and replicate medical conditions like seizures or irregular heartbeats.
Center Director Dr. Jim Fehr says medical students generally don't see human patients until their third year of medical school. He says training on the mannequins will let them practice treating illnesses sooner.