St. Louis, MO – Police and firefighters in St. Louis today are using sonar to check the Mississippi River after a brief scare on a busy bridge yesterday. The tests were ordered after Coast Guard officials discovered a dangling wire from the Poplar Street Bridge's guardrail yesterday afternoon.
St. Louis, MO – Missouri agriculture officials say there's no Missouri connection to the case of mad cow disease found in Washington Tuesday. Only Texas raises more cattle for human consumption than Missouri, though most cows are moved to other states before they're slaughtered.
For three decades, George Ryan was at the front of the Illinois Republican Party. Along with terms as House Speaker, Lieutenant Governor, and Secretary of State. He capped his career with his 1998 election as Governor.
But now Ryan faces a string of corruption charges and will likely go to trial next year. On Tuesday, he pleaded innocent to those charges.
St. Louis, MO – The newest contract proposal from the Post-Dispatch to about 600 of its union workers drops a so-called "open shop" clause from the deal. That means affected employees would still have to pay union dues.
More meetings are planned to discuss the three-year deal. Union president and Post-Dispatch reporter Tim O'Neill said in an article in the paper that the open shop move will allow the union to remove billboards and radio ads that accuse the paper of union-busting.
St. Louis, MO – The 8th Street ramp to eastbound Highway 40 is now closed; crews could start tearing it down today. That depends on when the Cardinals finalize a financing plan for a new stadium.
The Post-Dispatch reports that will happen today. The ramp carries about 5,000 cars a day but has to go to make room for the $400 million stadium, which will be squeezed in between Busch Stadium and Highway 40.