St. Louis, MO – George "Buzz" Westfall, St. Louis County's top elected official for the past 13 years, died today. A spokesman for Westfall's office, Mac Scott, said at a news conference tonight that the 59-year-old Westfall died at 4:46 p.m.
Westfall was serving his fourth term as county executive. He had been out of office since October First and entered Christian Hospital Northeast on October Fifth for what he believed would be back surgery. He had suffered chronic back problems for much of his adult life.
St. Louis, MO – Negotiations will resume between striking union workers and St. Louis's three biggest grocery chains.
A federal mediator, as well as Gov. Bob Holden, asked the two sides on Thursday to return to bargaining for a new contract. A now three-week old strike is affecting about 10,000 workers and almost 100 Schnuck's, Dierberg's, and Shop 'N Save stores.
The mediator has asked the union and supermarkets not to discuss bargaining plans with the media. However, union president Bob Kelly says the sides have agreed to meet.
Jefferson City, MO – There's still no sign of two convicted murderers who went missing at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City.
They were working in the prison's ice plant with another convicted murderer who was found dead this week. Cole County Sheriff John Hemeyers says a note left near the body threatened to kill anyone who gets in the way of the two missing inmates.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The search continues for two convicted murderers missing from the Missouri State Penitentiary.
A prison spokesman said this morning that a search has been completed of the roughly 25 major buildings at the century-old Jefferson City prison. But there's no trace of Christopher Sims or Shannon Phillips -- either inside or outside the walls of the maximum-security prison.