St. Louis, MO – A new majority of the St. Louis School Board will be sworn in tonight.
Four new school board members were elected two weeks ago, all representing a slate formed by Mayor Francis Slay and other civic officials. Slay says Darnetta Clinkscale, Ron Jackson, Bob Archibald and Vince Schoemehl will work together but can vote independently.
St. Louis, MO – A labor union representing mental health and corrections department employees in Missouri says proposed cutbacks for next year's budget would jeopardize their ability to protect the public.
Officials with the Service Employees International Union Local 2000 say the legislature is poised to cut as much as $40-million from the Department of Mental Health and $20-million from the Department of Corrections.
Chicago, ILL – A bankruptcy judge in Chicago says Pittsburgh-based US Steel can buy National Steel despite another bidder's objections that the process was unfair.
Indiana-based National operates Granite Steel, one of the Metro-East's biggest employers, and is bankrupt. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Squires Monday approved its sale for $850 million. US Steel also agreed to take on $200 million in debt.
Columbia, MO – The University of Missouri men's basketball team has suspended guard Ricky Clemons for one year after he pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and false imprisonment.
Clemons originally faced a felony charge of second-degree domestic assault after a woman accused him of choking and holding her against her will at his apartment. The trial was to begin next Tuesday.
Springfield, ILL. – Illinois will resume smallpox vaccinations Wednesday with new warnings.
The state suspended the shots last month after seven people developed heart problems after being vaccinated. Illinois' public health department will now advise those who have had a major coronary problem like a heart attack, or who have a number of risk factors like cholesterol or diabetes, not to get the shot.
Illinois health officials have so far vaccinated 118 health care workers who might be the first to respond to a bioterrorist attack.
The wireless industry is booming. Consumer Reports says there are 135 million cell phone customers in the U.S., and the St. Louis market is particularly active.
A number of companies in the industry are all looking for your business. And as KWMU's Tom Weber reports, such fierce competition - especially in St. Louis - means a constant effort to gain customers and keep them happy.