Barksdale Air Force Base, La. – The court-martial of an Illinois Air National Guard pilot is now set for April 5th in Louisiana.
St. Louis native Major Harry Schmidt accidentally bombed Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002, killing four.
A military investigation found Schmidt should have flown away instead of attacking the convoy he says he thought were Taliban firing on him. If he's convicted of dereliction of duty, Schmidt could spend up to six months in military prison.
St. Louis, MO – Three candidates for President will be in St. Louis today. Al Sharpton will be at U-M-St. Louis at noon. John Kerry will be at Forest Park Community College this afternoon. And John Edwards will be at Blueberry Hill in the Delmar Loop tonight.
The state Democratic party was firmly behind St. Louisan Dick Gephardt before he left the race; party operatives have since split off to work on other campaigns, mostly for Kerry and Edwards.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden said Wednesday he wants Missouri Democrats to decide for themselves who they favor in next week's presidential primary.
He's not endorsing any candidate. "I think whoever makes the best case on behalf of the education and health care and safety and security of our citizens in this country that'll be the candidate that Missourians rally around," Holden said.
The governor did add that with Dick Gephardt dropping out, the race is wide-open in Missouri.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis City's Health Director, Hugh Stallworth, resigned Monday, after only 15 months on the job.
The Post-Dispatch says Stallworth was to meet today (Tuesday) with Mayor Francis Slay to discuss questions about his leadership. Stallworth was the city's highest-paid employee, part of Slay's cabinet, and says he could accomplish little in an environment of continual budget cuts.
He was hired in October 2002 after a nine-month national search.