Washington, DC – The newest Fortune 500 list includes a dozen Missouri-based companies. The list will be in the Fortune magazine's April 14th issue.
St. Louis-based Emerson Electric is the largest publicly-held Missouri company, ranking 138th. Anheuser-Busch, May Department Stores, Express Scripts are not far behind, ranking 142nd and 144th and 147th.
The editors of Fortune magazine have compiled the list of the largest publicly held companies annually since 1955.
The other Missouri companies on the list are as follows:
St. Louis, Mo. – Thousands of people turned out at Forest Park in St. Louis Sunday to protest the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and to rally support for the safe return of the troops.
They converged on the park in droves with an array of anti-war banners. Courtney McDermott's sign read "Draft the Twins," a reference to President Bush's twin daughters. "I think if he had his own daughters over there that perhaps he would think better about this," she said.
St. Louis, Mo. – St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali will have surgery for prostate cancer Monday. The operation was delayed until the archbishop had recovered from a case of the shingles.
Recent tests found cancerous cells in Rigali's prostate gland, so doctors at St. Mary's Health Center will remove it today. Later tests showed no evidence the cancer had spread. A full recovery is expected.
St. Louis, MO – Public sector employees rallied in downtown St. Louis Monday against a Bush administration proposal to replace up to 1-million federal workers with private contractors over the next three years.
Steve Hollis, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3354, says phasing out government workers would significantly cut public services and raise costs for taxpayers.
Town and Country, Mo. – Another executive has left Charter Communications. The nation's third-largest cable company, based in the St. Louis suburb of Town and Country, says treasurer Ralph Kelly resigned this month to pursue other interests.
In December, Charter fired its chief financial officer and chief operating officer, citing an ongoing federal grand jury inquiry into Charter's accounting practices.
St. Louis – The St. Louis Science Center is receiving federal funding to expand its focus on biotechnology and life sciences education.
Surrounded by displays explaining the complexity of DNA, U.S. Senator Kit Bond announced the science center will receive $775,000 to build new exhibits and galleries dedicated to life sciences education. Bond said the biotechnology field is growing so quickly that science is outpacing public understanding.
The East-West Gateway Coordinating Council is administering a $3 million federal grant to provide transportation services to unemployed and low-income residents who would not otherwise have access to jobs and educational opportunities.
In its initial stages, officials estimate the program could benefit 5,00 to 10,00 people.