St. Louis, Mo – The college basketball championship brackets are set. Missouri earned a #6 seed in the Midwest bracket, despite losing in the Big 12 Championship game Sunday. The Tigers will play #11 SIU on Thursday in Indianapolis.
The Saint Louis University Billikens missed the NCAAs, but will play in the NIT. They'll open Wednesday against Minnesota.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Republican leaders in Jefferson City say state can save $60 million a year by doing a more efficient job of collecting taxes.
The $60 million proposal is a counter-offer to a $700 million proposal Governor Bob Holden has for raising money. Holden wants to bring in more revenue by closing some corporate tax loopholes. But Republicans call that bad for business.
The state is facing a $1 billion budget shortfall for the fiscal year that starts July First.
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.