St. Louis, MO – Anheuser-Busch followed up its record sales from 2002 with even more sales in 2003.
The St. Louis-based brewer sold 102.6 million barrels of beer last year; that's up 0.8% from the year before. The company, which is the world's largest brewer, credits the success of its low-carb Michelob Ultra as well as improved sales of Bud Light.
Anheuser-Busch also affirms its projection that earnings per share for 2003 would grow 12-13%. And it targets earnings-per-share growth this year to be 12%.
Springfield, Ill – The Illinois State Board of Education this afternoon approved a $7 billion budget proposal that would increase state funding by 9 percent.
The action brought immediate criticism from Governor Rod Blagojevich for reinstating money he cut from regional superintendents. The budget also includes $500,000 to reopen a Chicago teacher certification office closed last week because of state budget cuts.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis school board member Bill Haas wants an investigation into the sale of a city elementary school.
He says Waring Elementary did not fit the district's criteria for closure when it was sold to St. Louis University last November. Haas wants authorities to determine if the sale was legitimate, or done as a favor to the university. SLU plans to raze the school to build an arena.
Interim superintendent William Roberti says he'll sue Haas if he's accused of any criminal wrongdoing.
Harrisburg, Ill. – A southern Illinois State Representative recently had eye surgery in St. Louis, after a hunting accident.
Democrat Brandon Phelps, who represents southeastern Illinois, was hit in the face by a bungee cord on Dec. 30. It had snapped loose while Phelps was strapping something to a vehicle. He was on a hunting trip in Saline County.
St. Louis, MO – The U.S. military has wrapped up an almost four month investigation of Missouri State Senator Jon Dolan, saying did not knowingly engage in wrongdoing when he left his National Guard mission in Cuba last fall to cast a crucial vote for concealed weapons.
But they add he did break the rule that bars Reservists from carrying out political office functions while on a tour of duty.
St. Louis, MO – The Pope Wednesday morning named St. Louis Bishop Joseph Naumann to be the Co-Adjutor Archbishop of Kansas City Kansas.
That means Naumann will assist the current Archbishop there, James Keleher, until Keleher retires. Then Naumann will automatically become Archbishop.
The 54-year old Naumann is a St. Louis native, having graduated St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South in 1967 and Cardinal Glennon College in 1971. He was ordained in 1975 and became the St. Louis Archdiocese's Vicar General in 1994.
Jefferson City, MO – An attorney for a woman who became known as the mother of the "Internet twins" asked the Missouri Supreme Court Wednesday to restore the woman's parental rights and to undo the girls' adoption.
The mother, Tranda Wecker, was in court Wednesday for the arguments in her case. A St. Louis judge terminated her parental rights in December 2002.
The case played out from California to Arkansas to England. The girls are now three years old. Their adoption by a St. Louis couple was finalized in May.