St. Louis, MO – Top St. Louis city leaders are endorsing a ballot measure that would authorize Lambert Airport to issue up to 2-billion dollars in revenue bonds to pay for future terminal and security upgrades.
St. Louis mayor Francis Slay says the bonds would not involve any new taxes and would be paid off by revenues generated at the airport.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that in 2001, 903,000 children were abused or neglected in the United States.
Those who work to prevent child abuse and neglect believe it could be the start of a new trend that follows a decade of gradual decline in the number of reported cases. This week, some 1,600 people are attending a national conference in St. Louis to talk about preventing abuse before it begins.
Springfield, Ill. – Illinois' death penalty has been spared.
The sponsor of legislation to abolish capital punishment say he doesn't have the votes, so he's abandoning his efforts for the time being. Chicago Representative Arthur Turner says there's no reason to put lawmakers in a politically risky spot by holding a vote on a doomed bill.
But the Democrat says he still thinks life without parole is a more humane punishment. He says he'll work to reform the death penalty, but adds abolition is the only fail-safe solution.
Rolla, Mo. – The University of Missouri's Board of Curators Tuesday approved a 3.2% tuition increase.
The hike will raise more than $11 million to help pay the rising costs of employee benefits, utilities, and inflation. But the four-campus system still faces a $6 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year that starts July First.
The university system includes campuses in Columbia, Rolla, Kansas City, and St. Louis.