A legal battle is brewing over the Missouri River. Environmentalists and barge operators are each considering lawsuits against the Army Coprs of Engineers over what each feels is the agency's mismanagement of the river.
It's the latest turn in a controvery over the Missouri that began more than a decade ago. And as KWMU's Kevin Lavery reports, its outcome could have serious effects on both ecology and the economy.
St. Louis, MO – Thousands of Americans are converging on Washington D.C. this weekend for a massive peace march, and to speak out against US military action against Iraq. As many as 500 Missourians are joining the demonstration, including members of a St. Louis-based group known as the Instead of War Coalition. Coordinator Bill Ramsey says a war against Iraq will cost America both in lives lost and funding for programs that would cut to pay for a military campaign.
Washington, D.C. – Central Missouri Congressman Kenny Hulshof wants to seek another US House term next year rather than run for the Republican governor nomination.
His announcement today clears the way for the GOP to give full support to Secretary of State Matt Blunt in the governor campaign.
The party is itching to take on Democratic Governor Holden after his rocky first two years. However, GOP leaders worry that a primary contest between prominent Republicans would damage the nominee who challenges Holden.
St. Louis, MO – The Coast Guard yesterday closed two stretches of the Mississippi River near St. Louis because of near record low water.
Two mile stretches south of the Jefferson Barracks Bridge in St. Louis and near Sainte Genevieve were closed; at least five barges have run aground this week. The groundings didn't cause any injuries or pollution.
The Casino Queen in East St. Louis has been closed since Tuesday because customers couldn't get on board.
Last week's decision by the Missouri Highway Commission to change the road money formula will mean $40 million less for St. Louis area projects, starting in 2007.
A state commission made that decision, but the formula also applies to money that comes from the federal government. With the region already set to lose money, the fight for Washington funds will be even more crucial. KWMU's Tom Weber reports.
St. Louis, MO – A five-alarm fire destroyed a St. Louis foam factory this morning. And petroleum products in the block-long building created major smoke problems.
Fire Captain Robert Hennicke said the thick, black smoke from the three-story, two-building complex rolled across neighboring Interstate 70. The poor visibility closed the highway for a time, during rush hour.
St. Louis, MO – The low levels of the Mississippi River around St. Louis are having an effect on commerce.
The Coast Guard had closed two-mile stretches of the river at St. Louis and Sainte Genevieve because there wasn't enough water to keep boats moving. Those two spots reopened this morning, but five barges have already run aground this week.
St. Louis, MO – A Kansas City judge has sentenced a St. Louis County man to three years probation for beating his family dog to death with a sledgehammer. 34-year-old Micael Welch of Affton pleaded guilty last year. The case was moved to Kansas City because it triggered an outcry from animal lovers. Welch could have received up to five years in prison for the killing of Dusty, a Dalmation-Labrador mix. Jackson County Circuit Judge Preston Dean cited a desire to keep Welch from losing his job as a truck driver in granting probation.