New Orleans, LA – The Air Force Monday dropped manslaughter and assault charges against a former Illinois Air National Guard pilot in the bombing of Canadian troops in Afghanistan last year that killed four.
St. Louis native Maj. Harry Schmidt will instead face dereliction of duty charges, which could bring six months in prison if convicted.
The charge accuses Schmidt of failing to follow the rules of engagement and 'willfully failed to exercise appropriate flight discipline over his aircraft.'
St. Louis, MO – The private company hired to manage the St. Louis schools says the district has too many buildings for the number of students enrolled.
The interim administration says it will close some buildings but hasn't yet determined which ones or how many. More than half of the district's 112 school buildings were built before 1950; 31 of them are at less than 70% capacity. They say the city has far more schools than most other systems in the country with similar enrollment.
St. Louis, Mo. – Trauma centers in Missouri are celebrating Governor Bob Holden's signing of the Medicaid portion of the state budget, which will keep them open for at least another year.
The most endangered hospital may have been DePaul Health Center in north St. Louis County. Hospital president Melinda Clark says state funding was set to run out Monday - and she was preparing to close DePaul's trauma services.
St. Louis, MO – A last attempt by former TWA flight attendants to delay layoffs failed in a New York court Monday, meaning Tuesday (July 1) is the last day on the job for more than 3,100 American Airlines employees.
That number includes every flight attendant who worked for TWA before American bought the company. American says the furloughs will not affect operations at Lambert Airport.
Chicago, ILL. – A former top aide to former Illinois Governor George Ryan will be sentenced in Chicago today.
Scott Fawell was also Ryan's campaign director; he was convicted of racketeering in March as part of the licenses for bribes scandal. His was the biggest case to date in the five-year federal investigation of corruption during Ryan's time as Illinois' Secretary of State.
St. Louis, MO – Telemarketers in Missouri are waiting to see what effect the national 'do not call' list will have. The president of a St. Louis telemarketing firm says thousands of Missouri jobs are in danger because of the list.
At least ten-thousand Missourians are employed by the telemarketing industry. Beginning in September, telemarketers will have to check the list every three months to make sure they don't call anyone on it. Anyone who calls a person on the 'do not call' list could be fined up to $11,000 for each violation.