St. Louis – Within several days, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources could issue its final permit to the Holcim company for a cement plant in Ste. Genevieve County.
The Swiss firm wants to build what would be the largest such facility in the United States.
Environmentalists say nitrogen oxide from the plant will hurt air quality in the St. Louis area, but Holcim spokeswoman Nancy Tully says the facility will use an advanced pollution control system called Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction.
St. Louis – Hundreds of law enforcement officials will take part in a sensitivity training program Friday in St. Louis designed to foster greater awareness of Arabs and Muslims.
James Hacking with the St. Louis chapter of the Council on Amercan-Islamic Relations says hate crimes, discrimination and cases of ethnic profiling against Arabs and Muslims are on the rise since the Iraq war.
He says he routinely receives complaints from Muslims who are detained at airports simply because of their Arabic names.