St. Louis – Coal has a reputation as a sooty, dirty fuel. More recently, both environmentalists and the coal industry have become just as concerned about the carbon dioxide released when coal is burned.
Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and a major contributor to global warming. The federal government and coal companies here in St. Louis are funding research that aims to cut carbon dioxide pollution from power plants.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would give the governor more say in who serves on the State Supreme Court and lower courts.
The resolution would allow the governor to reject an entire slate of nominees given him by the Appellate Judicial Commission, but he would have to choose a judge from the second slate, or else the commission would make the pick.
Chicago, IL – Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's arraignment on federal corruption charges has been set for April 14.
The federal court schedule indicates that the former governor's brother, Robert Blagojevich, Springfield millionaire William Cellini and former chief fundraiser Christopher Kelly are to be arraigned at the same time. They were indicted along with the former governor.
St. Louis, MO – Federal prosecutors have charged a 31-year-old Canadian man who stole a plane from an Ontario flight school where he was a student.
Adam Dylan Leon is charged with with unlawful transport of a stolen aircraft and entering the U.S. illegally. He flew the plane for seven hours - most of them under the watchful eye of fighter jets - before landing in southeast Missouri.