St. Louis – The state of Missouri could receive millions of dollars for various projects covered under a massive federal spending bill that cleared the U.S. House Monday.
Missouri Republican Senator Kit Bond says the $373 billion omnibus appropriation for 2004 includes more than $3 billion for veterans' health care, $1.5 billion for election improvements, and also funding for ongoing environmental cleanup programs.
St. Louis, MO – Negotiations will continue Monday between union workers at the Post-Dispatch and management. On Sunday, union members overwhelmingly voted (353-15) to authorize a strike if current negotiations don't pan out.
The union represents reporters, as well as workers in advertising, classified, circulation, and accounting. Their contract expired a year ago.
Sacramento, CA – Presidential hopeful Dick Gephardt, of St. Louis, is standing by his long-time aide and campaign vice-chair, Joyce Aboussie.
Two large employees unions that have endorsed Howard Dean's run for President want Aboussie to resign. They say she threatened to help repeal a collective bargaining law for Missouri state employees if union members helped Dean in Iowa. On Thursday, Gephardt said the fuss is just politics and calls her apology the end of the matter.