St. Louis, MO – The man who installed the last piece of the Gateway Arch has died. William Quigley was operating the crane on October 28, 1965 that hoisted the final section of stainless steel into place.
He also helped build Busch Stadium;Quigley died Wednesday at the age of 69. He had lived in O'Fallon and died of kidney failure.
Quigley worried that if he dropped that last section of the Arch, more people would remember his name. But he got the job done on the first try.
St. Louis, MO – A federal judge in St. Louis says the Ku Klux Klan's history of terrorizing blacks is no reason to keep the group from adopting a highway.
The Klan joined the Adopt-A-Highway program and adopted part of Interstate 55 in St. Louis in 2001; protestors responded by tearing down the signs that said "This section of highway adopted by the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan."
MODOT later kicked the group out of the program for not cleaning the road's litter; it then rewrote the rules on who can adopt a highway.
Jefferson City, MO – A Republican-led committee in the Missouri Senate Thursday rejected Democratic Governor Bob Holden's plan to raise new cash for the state's schools.
On a partisan vote, the Senate Ways and Means Committee defeated his proposal to eliminate some tax breaks, mainly affecting businesses. Holden said it would have raised money for what he calls an underfunded education budget.
St. Louis, MO – Hundreds gathered at O'Fallon's Winghaven development to witness the unveiling of a black granite marker and 13 tons of twisted steel salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.
Mayor Paul Renaud said the steel represents the nation's strength, measured by perseverance:
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri State Senator Jon Dolan is back in Jefferson City for the legislative veto session after being granted leave from his military duties in Cuba. He says he will vote to override Governor Holden's veto of a concealed weapons bill.
The Lake Saint Louis Republican is a major in the Army National Guard, and is stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
He said his vote could make the difference on the override.