St. Louis, MO – Missouri lawmakers will head back to Jefferson City to refigure the state budget on Monday.
Gov. Bob Holden says he's optimistic that cuts to a host of services can be restored. He says the budget the Republican-controlled legislature gave him cuts $354 million from education, health care and social services. But Holden believes the General Assembly can deliver a sound budget before July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.
St. Louis, MO – A 22-year veteran of St. Louis-based Monsanto is the new president and CEO of the biotech company.
Hugh Grant replaces Hendrik Verfaille, who resigned in December, citing the company's poor financial performance over the previous two years.
Monsanto makes the herbicide RoundUp, and also makes genetically altered seeds that can tolerate RoundUp and resist insects. Those seeds include cotton, corn, soybean and canola. Monsanto also produces Asgrow, Hartz and DeKalb seeds.
St. Louis, Mo. – African-American drivers in Missouri were 40-percent more likely to be stopped by law enforcement in 2002 than white drivers. That's according to a state-mandated report issued Friday by the office of Attorney General Jay Nixon.
In 2001, blacks were only 35-percent more likely to be pulled over than whites.
Statistician Scott Decker with the University of Missouri-St. Louis says despite the five-percent increase this year, it's too early to call it a trend.
Chicago, ILL. – A lawsuit filed Thusday in Madison County tries to get two oil companies to clean up a lake of gasoline underneath the Metro-East village of Hartford.
The suit asks Premcor and Apex oil companies to find a way to eliminate the gasoline pool that has formed for years under houses and businesses in the area. The claim also seeks payment to county and state officials for overseeing the work.
The pool got bigger over the years because of leaks and spills from underground pipes.