St. Louis, MO – Local phone giant SBC and a union representing about 100,000 of its workers tentatively agreed on a new 5-year contract early Tuesday morning.
The deal affects workers in 13 states, including more than 4,000 workers in the ST. Louis area.
SBC and the Communications Workers of America announced the agreement just hours after workers ended a four-day strike and returned to work.
By Matt Sepic, KMWU
St. Louis, MO – A minor-league baseball team in O'Fallon, Mo. has cancelled plans to mark what it called the "O.J. Simpson 10th anniversary" with a trivia contest.
The River City Rascals planned a "sports criminals' night" at T-R Hughes Ballpark for next week, but scrapped those plans Monday.
The team also apologized to anyone that might have been upset by the idea.
Jefferson City, MO – All Missourians will decide whether a casino should be allowed on the White River in Rockaway Beach in southwest Missouri.
The Secretary of State's office has certified the issue for the ballot after supporters gathered signatures from registered voters. The statewide vote will be in either August or November.
Springfield, Ill – Illinois women would have the right to breastfeed babies virtually anywhere under a bill headed to the governor's desk.
The Senate approved the Right to Breastfeed Act 57-to-zero Tuesday.
The legislation allows women to nurse their babies anywhere other than a place of worship or a residence whose homeowner objects.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Supreme Court has scheduled a June 1 hearing on when voters will decide on a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
The order also puts election authorities on notice that they may have to scramble to assemble ballots.
The secretary of state faced a deadline Tuesday to let local election officials known which items will be on the August primary ballot.
The new hearing schedule extends the deadline.
Columbia, MO – An ox that fell down a ravine at Lewis and Clark festivities last week in St. Charles is dead.
Dale the ox was euthanized Monday at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia.
Firefighters helped rescue the 13-year old, 2,500 pound ox after he couldn't climb back up the ravine near the Missouri River last Wednesday. He had been mired in muck for hours.
The animal was owned by Gary Barker of Edmonton, Ky.
By Matt Sepic, KWMU
St. Louis – Security officials at Lambert Airport in St. Louis say they expect to screen more passengers this summer.
American Airlines made major cuts to its flight schedule last fall. But Lambert Federal Security Director Bill Switzer says other carriers are drawing extra passengers, especially to the A concourse.
"You might see a slight decrease in American Airlines, but you'll see an increase at Checkpoint-A, where we have six other air carriers that have been functioning," Switzer said.
By Tom Weber, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – The Clayton School Board gave a vote of confidence last night to current students in the desegregation program.
The vote essentially says current deseg students and those who enter next school year will be able to graduate at Clayton.
But district spokesman Chris Tennill says the Board delayed a decision on whether to continue deseg in the 2005-2006 year.
St. Louis – Missouri's highest election official does not have to get a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage on the state's August primary ballot.
That was the ruling Monday in Kansas City from the Missouri Court of Appeals.
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon has appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court.
It's a victory for Republicans who want the issue on the November presidential election ballot. They believe more conservatives will go to the polls then.
St. Louis – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says a new casino in South St. Louis County should not be opened until a proposed casino in the city has been in business at least a year.
Slay made the request Monday at a meeting of the Missouri Gaming Commission.
The mayor also says no other casinos should open within 25 miles of the city for seven years after any city casino opens.
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