St. Louis, Mo. – Police and the FBI hope to learn more about Tuesday night's crash of a small plane into the Mississippi River near the Gateway Arch and McKinley Bridge.
Two pilots on board, Saleem Iqbal and Mohammed Saleh, are both hospitalized.
Because the nation is under orange alert, and because bridges and national monuments have been mentioned as possible terrorism targets, police and the FBI say they're taking extra precautions. But city officials say they have NO indication the crash was linked to terrorism.
Springfield, Ill. – Illinois State Senators voted Tuesday to raise the state's minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.50 an hour over the next two years.
The increase would apply to adults. The state's Labor Department would set the wage for people under 18. The measure's sponsor, Chicago Democrat Kimberly Lightford, says she could not get enough votes to impose the full increase all at once.
Washington, D.C. – As Iraqi resistance to coalition forces continues to wear away, the US is starting to shift focus towards rebuilding the country once the fighting ends.
Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin says he believes Congress will play an advisory role to President Bush in that effort, and that it's his hope that coalition partners, not the United Nations, will aid the reconstruction.
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich outlined his budget plan to lawmakers Wednesday. As he unveiled the $52.4 billion dollar plan, he told the Legislature there would be some things in the budget they wouldn't like.
As for the reaction of lawmakers, Blagojevich was right. Illinois Public Radio's Bill Wheelhouse prepared this report.