St. Louis, MO – Ridge fielded some tough questions from St. Louis citizens concerned about their safety and their civil liberties.
The secretary was in St. Louis to attend a town hall meeting on homeland security.
Ridge said the administration is developing a new airport security program that will quickly call up information about a person to look for patterns of activity that may indicate terrorism. But Ridge stressed that the intent is not to maintain a file on that person:
St. Louis, MO – Metro officials are proposing a reduction in the frequency of the light rail train stops...and the elimination of some bus routes in Illinois. Weekday peak hour Metrolink service would drop from 7-and-a-half minutes between trains...to 10 minutes, under the proposal. In addition, service on the far eastern end of the Metrolink system would drop from every 10 minutes to every 20 minutes...between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Venice, ILL. – The Venice School Board near East St. Louis has one more chance to balance its budget. If not, the panel appointed to oversee the districts finances might disband the school board. The Financial Oversight Panel Tuesday night rejected the board's latest budget, in part, because it still would have left the district $180,000 in the red.
Mascoutah, ILL. – New commercial air service at Mid-America Airport in the Metro-East got off to a bumpy start Tuesday. Great Plains Airlines delayed one flight three hours because of a technical problem and passengers on another flight from Chicago were given handwritten boarding passes because of a computer glitch.
The company's vice-president, Kelly Farrish, called it a "Murphy's Law" first day. But she says the airline remains optimistic.