River Grove, Ill. – Illinois' Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich joined the top Republican in the state House, Tom Cross, on Thursday to push for a ban on soda and junk food from school vending machines.
The governor says it's an effort to stave off child obesity, which is on the rise.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden's administration is refusing to provide information about some salaries to the state's Auditor Claire McCaskill.
McCaskill is running for Holden's job in next year's election. She wants to perform an audit of the salary levels of upper-level managers in state agencies, but some have refused to provide such information. She says there's a coordinated effort by Holden supporters to stymie the audit.
St. Louis, MO – The Pro Bowl teams that were announced Thursday include five Rams. No other NFC team has more representatives.
The Rams picked to go to Hawaii are: Defensive end Leonard Little (who made it despite missing four games due to injury); offensive tackle Orlando Pace (his fifth consecutive year selected); wide receiver Torry Holt, kicker Jeff Wilkins and safety Aeneas Williams.
The game will be played on February 8, 2004 at Aloha Stadium.