The city of St. Charles plans to break ground on a new convention center this spring. The town is one of many mid-sized communities around the country who are turning to such facilities as an answer to economic development needs. City officials hope it will bring millions into the local economy. KWMU's Matt Sepic reports.
St. Louis, Mo – St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali is delaying this week's scheduled treatment for prostate cancer because he has shingles. Rigali says he's in good spirits, and adds the new infection has to be treated before undergoing any surgery.
Rigali announced last week he'd have his prostate removed. At that time, he said he hoped to return to a full schedule by Easter.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay joined a group of public and private housing agencies Friday to announce a program to increase minority home ownership. The Bridge to Homeownership program allows low-income families who now rent property through HUD Section 8 vouchers to buy a home.
Program sponsors say it will give new homeowners an opportunity to build equity and accumulate wealth, which in turn will expand the city's tax base.
Washington, DC – Missouri Republican Kit Bond has indicated he will run for a fourth term to the U.S. Senate.
At a news conference Thursday, he said he's not planning on retirement. The 64-year old senior Senator from Missouri faces reelection next year but hasn't actively started campaigning. In 1998, he defeated Attorney General Jay Nixon with 53% of the vote. No Democrat has yet indicated an interest in challenging Bond this time.
St. Louis, Mo. – The city of St. Louis is leaving the nursing home business. Officials said Thursday the city doesn't have the money to invest in the Harry S Truman Restorative Center, located at 5700 Arsenal.
Truman usually gets $2.5 million each year for operating costs. But the building needs millions of dollars in repairs.
The city has promised to help relocate the 158 residents and find jobs for the 200 employees.
The center opened in 1967; St. Louis city took over operations in 1986.
Atlon, Ill. – The Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois has named the Alton City Hall as one of the state's 10 most endangered historic places.
The 75-year-old structure is in need of repair, and the city of Alton is considering whether to renovate it or tear it down and build a new facility.
The building is considered to be a good example of the Classical Revival style of architecture. But preservation council president David Bahlman says beyond that, Alton City Hall is culturally important.
St. Louis, Mo – A train car in southwest St. Louis leaked some flammable liquid yesterday. There were no injuries or evacuations, though cleanup crews blocked off streets that caused some traffic jams.
Fire officials say the warm weather caused the diethyl ketone to expand and leak from a faulty seal in the tanker car.
A railroad hazardous materials (HAZ-MAT)team changed the seal, stopped the leak and cleaned the spill.
The flammable liquid is used to make pharmaceuticals, synthetics, pesticides and solvent.