Camdenton, MO – A bus of high school basketball players overturned late Tuesday night in central Missouri; injuring 28 people, three seriously.
The bus was from the School of the Osage, located in the small town of Kaiser (about 50 miles southwest of Jefferson City). That school's girls' basketball team was returning from a game in Richland when it crashed in the central Missouri county of Camden.
The accident was on a rural road (Route C) in southeast Camden County.
St. Louis, MO – "Books and Badges" pairs recruits working to become St. Louis City Police Officers with city school students who are having trouble reading. The aim is to have future officers interact with the community and also help the children learn to read and write. Karen Kalish founded the program:
Edwardsville, ILL. – A group of teachers at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville wants health benefits for same-sex partners.
The safe zone committee, which provides information and training to help gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students, now wants to lobby for employees.
The group will present proposals to the faculty senates at all three SIU campuses early next year. If those faculty senates support the plan, the committee says it will then lobby SIUs governing Board of Trustees.
St. Louis, MO – Both directions of I-70 are back open at Union Boulevard in north St. Louis city.
A tractor-trailer crashed into an abandoned car Monday night and then exploded when it hit a guardrail and concrete pillar.
The driver of that truck died; no names have been released. The accident shut down both directions of I-70 for a while. Westbound 70 opened overnight; eastbound 70 was closed until after 4:00 this morning.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis has given up its title of most dangerous city in the nation. The research firm Morgan Quitno Press makes the annual rankings based on stats from six crime categories.
In 2002, St. Louis ranked first, the most dangerous city in America. But this year's rankings, which were released Monday, put St. Louis in second place. Detroit, which held the distinction from 1999-2001, has regained the title.
Atlanta; Camden, NJ; and Washington, DC are the third, fourth, and fifth most dangerous.
St. Louis – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon says the state's open meetings law needs to reflect advances in computer technology.
The sunshine law prohibits bodies like city councils and school boards from meeting in private.
In St. Louis Tuesday Nixon joined with several state lawmakers who plan to introduce sunshine law changes during the next legislative session. He says the proposal is not the result of any specific malfeasance.
Chicago, ILl. – Boeing on Monday fired its chief financial officer for what it calls "unethical conduct."
Mike Sears used to head the St. Louis-based Missile Defense Systems. His dismissal involves a controversial plan for the Air Force to lease Boeing planes - instead of buying them - for use as refuelers.
Boeing says Sears was dismissed as the result of the hiring of former Air Force official Darleen Druyun, who was fired Monday.