St. Louis – The future uses of the Mississippi River were the focus of a conference Tuesday in St. Louis.
The Army Corps of Engineers is studying several alternatives for the river, which include rebuilding the lock system and raising shipping fees to reduce congestion.
But some environmentalists say the Corps is overestimating navigation needs. The Sierra Club's Mark Beorkrem says it's reminiscent of the scandal in which the Corps was accused of inflating its data to justify spending.
St. Louis – The Rev. Larry Rice is trying to convince federal Health and Human Services officials to let him turn the 280,000 square foot Abram Federal Building in downtown St. Louis into a homeless shelter.
The federal officials met with city officials Monday and will tour the building with Rice Tuesday.
Rice says the number of homeless women and children in the area is growing, and the Abram building is an ideal place for them.
Jefferson City, MO – The state of Missouri now offers about 50 different tax credits designed to encourage economic development or public service. But there's no way to make sure that recipients of the credits are using them legitimately.
The state provides no funding to pay for tax credit auditors. Tax credit recipients aren't required to prove that the money from the credits brought about results.
St. Louis, MO – Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson are the daughters of the late Rev. Oliver Brown, the lead plaintiff in the case of Brown vs. the Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court decision that struck down public school segregation.
Thompson said the prospect of having their children walk great distances to all-black schools angered many families:
St. Louis, MO – Police say a man is accused of robbing eight people as they walked to their cars Saturday night from the festivities. Authorities say they arrested another man suspected of breaking into several parked cars at the celebration Saturday night.
But police say those were most serious arrests made in connection with Saturday's Mardi Gras parade and the hours following it.
Springfield, ILL – An Illinois lawmaker wants to make the "morning after" contraceptive pill available without a prescription.
State Representative Sara Feigenholtz says the pill must be taken within 72 hours after intercourse to prevent pregnancy, but it's sometimes hard to get a prescription that quickly, so she wants pharmacies to sell the drug.
Opponents say the drug sometimes stops fertilized eggs from developing, which they consider to be abortion.