Springfield, Ill – A day after a judge's decision to unseal potentially embarrassing papers in U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan's divorce, GOP officials say it's too soon to talk about replacing him on the ballot.
GOP national committeeman Robert Kjellander calls any discussion of Ryan withdrawing from the race "very premature.
A judge in California yesterday delivered a blow to Ryan in his race against Democrat Barack Obama for the Senate seat now held by Republican Peter Fitzgerald.
St. Louis – St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved a bill Friday that would create a ballot measure giving city voters the option of keeping their current form of government.
The board voted 20 to 4 in favor of the bill, which would give voters the chance to preserve the status quo.
Sponsor Tom Bauer says his bill is designed to counter efforts by the group Advance St. Louis to amend the city charter to allow for some offices to be appointed. Bauer says that would strip residents of their right to vote.
Belleville, Ill. – People who want more money from the Canadian National Railway after last year's derailment near Tamaroa will get their day in court. It's just not clear when.
Judge Michael O'Malley declared a lawsuit against the company a class action earlier this month. It will be heard in Perry County Court in Pinckneyville, although O'Malley issued his order in Belleville.
St. Louis, MO – 125 people will carry the Olympic torch for 34 miles through St. Louis today (Thursday).
The torch will arrive by plane from Los Angeles this morning; that's where the torch started its run through the U.S. with the help of torchbearers that included actors Slyvster Stallone and Tom Cruise.
The relay in St. Louis will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Gateway Arch.
Kansas City – Missouri highway billboards advertising sex-themed businesses will be a thing of the past. Governor Holden signed a bill Thursday banning them.
Holden said parents should not be forced to answer questions about sex from children who see the racy signs along the highway, and the Democratic leader also says roads will be safer if drivers aren't distracted by the billboards.
Any business that allows nudity or uses at least ten percent of its space to promote pornography is included in the ban.