St. Louis, Mo. – Illinois Congressman John Shimkus says the threat of international terrorism was a major discussion item at last week's meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Prague.
Shimkus, who serves as a delegate from the US to the Assembly, presented a report on the war on terrorism to the Defense and Security Committee. He says terrorism is still the number one threat to the world's residents.
St. Louis, MO – A Washington University physician says the adverse health effects of cigarettes could be greatly reduced if smokers could instead simply inhale only nicotine.
Dr. Walton Sumner says despite centuries of anti-smoking programs, he believes some level of tobacco use in society is always going to be inevitable. Sumner is studying how smokers could make their habit safer by inhaling so-called "clean" nicotine.
St. Louis, MO – The 5400 block of Elizabeth Avenue, on the Hill in St. Louis, is now Hall of Fame Place.
Baseball Hall of Famers Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola were honored Sunday; they grew up in that neighborhood. The street was also renamed to honor late Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck, who lived on the Hill in the late 1950s.
Granite plaques marking their induction dates were installed in front of their former homes.
Springfield, ILL. – So much attention was paid to the state's budget deficit that much of the Illinois Legislature's accomplishments this spring might have gone unnoticed.
But speeding motorists are likely to notice that their fines have increased, and senior citizens might take note if their prescription drug costs decline. And people looking for an energy or diet boost will find that ephedra-based products are no longer to be sold over-the-counter in Illinois.
St. Louis, MO – Another section of Forest Park Parkway is closed today. Big Bend to Skinker is now off limits to motorists. It's the second section of the parkway to close down since the extension construction began last month.
Last month, when construction began, crews closed down most of the Parkway west of Big Bend Blvd.
The project is expected to take about two years. Metrolink will eventually extend west from the Forest Park station to I-170 in Clayton, then south to Shrewsbury.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers head to Jefferson City today to begin their special session at noon. Gov. Bob Holden called the legislators back after vetoing about two-thirds of the $19 billion budget that they passed.
He wants lawmakers to approve putting a question to voters whether taxes should be raised to help prevent deep budget cuts.
But Republican leaders in the House and Senate oppose such a move. They say lawmakers will likely make just minor changes, and not the major budget rewrite the governor wants.
Ferguson, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is suing to remove a member of a St. Louis area school board.
Nixon alleges that Riverview Gardens school board member Vincent Dungey is ineligible to hold public office because he has not completed his sentence after pleading guilty in 2000 to three felony charges of passing bad checks.
St. Louis, MO – Missouri lawmakers will head back to Jefferson City to refigure the state budget on Monday.
Gov. Bob Holden says he's optimistic that cuts to a host of services can be restored. He says the budget the Republican-controlled legislature gave him cuts $354 million from education, health care and social services. But Holden believes the General Assembly can deliver a sound budget before July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.