St. Louis, MO – U.S. congressmen William "Lacy" Clay of St. Louis and Jerry Costello of Belleville reiterated their opposition Tuesday to privatizing air traffic control operations at some small airports.
Legislation before Congress would allow a program which contracts with private companies to run control towers at 69 airfields, including Spirit of St. Louis Airport and Cahokia/St. Louis Airport. Clay says that would be dangerous.
Since 1986, the U.S. Department of Energy has led a massive cleanup radioactive materials left over from 25 years of weapons manufacturing at the Weldon Spring site in St. Charles County.
Most of the work is complete, but residual groundwater tainted with a variety of contaminants remains. Now, the Energy Department is proposing a groundwater plan that it says will protect human health.
St. Louis – President Bush spoke to about 6,000 veterans at the American Legion convention Tuesday in St. Louis. The Legion held its first meeting in the city in 1919, where members approved their famous motto "For God and Country."
KWMU's Matt Sepic spoke with American Legion National Commander Ron Conley, who says the organization does a lot more than dispose of tattered American flags.
Jefferson City, MO – A divided Missouri Supreme Court today set aside the death sentence of convicted killer Christopher Simmons, because he was younger than 18 at the time of his crime.
The state's highest court based its decision on a US Supreme Court ruling. The justices say a national consensus had developed against the execution of juveniles -- and 18 states now probhibit juvenile executions.
Columbia, MO – University of Missouri president Elson Floyd has ordered a comprehensive investigation of the entire men's basketball program.
Floyd says his investigation will expand an ongoing investigation by the athletic department. Allegations of academic cheating recently surfaced when the ex-girlfriend of former Missouri point guard Ricky Clemons said he got answers to tests and improper help writing papers.
UM is also cooperating with an NCAA investigation.
St. Louis, MO – Trustees of the Metropolitan Sewer District will meet Tuesday to discuss again postponing a half-billion dollar referendum.
Voters in St. Louis City and County were to decide November Fourth whether to allow MSD to raise the $500 million through selling bonds, but the vote could be moved to February. If that happens, it would be the second postponement for the ballot question.
Kansas City, Mo. – State Auditor Claire McCaskill says the Missouri Department of Transportion needs a change in leadership.
In reaction to a series of stories in The Kansas City Star, McCaskill is calling for the resignation of MoDot Director Henry Hungerbeeler. She says his agency is unresponsive to change and doesn't focus on improving worn-out roads.