St. Louis – Six hundred acres of undeveloped land near Lambert Airport will go on sale next week. It's part of an effort to bring more economic opportunity to north St. Louis County.
On Monday, the county will begin soliciting proposals to develop the tract just east of the airport for commercial and industrial use.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says its location near the airport, interstates and light rail make the land a highly attractive investment. But he says some strategy must go into its planning.
St. Louis – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says a Kerry presidency will be good for public education.
Slay addressed the Democratic National Convention Thursday.
He said the private firm that ran the St. Louis Public Schools for the last year helped focus more resources on the classroom.
"Yet children will continue to be left behind if the federal government fails to meet its obligations," Slay said. "John Kerry and John Edwards will not rest until every child has a chance for a good education."
St. Charles, MO – The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving says it will try to get other cities in Missouri to do what St. Charles did this week.
The City Council there voted to ban passengers in cars from carrying open alcohol.
State law bans drivers from drinking, but says nothing about passengers.
Efforts to ban passenger drinking statewide have repeatedly failed in Jefferson City amid opposition from Anheuser-Busch. The St. Louis brewer maintains the state already has the laws needed to crack down on drunken driving.
St. Louis – Former Illinois Republican Senate candidate Jack Ryan officially withdrew his name from the running Thursday. Now, the state Republican Party says it will select its new candidate on Tuesday.
Ryan unofficially dropped out of the Senate race a month ago, but didn't file official paperwork until Wednesday.
While officials are not giving names, the Illinois GOP says it has at least six prospective candidates waiting in the wings.