Jefferson City, MO – Some Amtrak customers traveling between St. Louis and Kansas City will have to ride a bus for part of their trip.
Work on tracks will mean travelers on two trains each morning (Train 301, the Kansas City Mule, and Train 304, the Ann Rutledge) will have to take a bus between Jefferson City and Kansas City, beginning Saturday.
St. Louis, MO – A Missouri Senate interim committee reviewing the state's method of providing foster care and child protective services met in St. Louis Wednesday to gather public testimony. The committee heard from state officials and contract providers who claim they've been harassed by the Missouri Division of Family Services. Republican state senator of John Loudon of Ballwin says it's understood that the state is strapped for resources, but that it's done nothing to correct the problem.
St. Louis, MO – A new scorecard lets people compare customer satisfaction at all nursing homes in the state.
Carl Binam, with the group Missouri PRO, says the survey will be a good tool for people who are looking for a home for a loved one. But he adds the scores should not be a final word. "They can't just use these numbers and say 'Well this nursing home is doing better than that nursing home or doing worse,'" Binam said "It's just a tool they can use.
In October, British geneticist Sir John Sulston was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of a process that causes cells to self-destruct. In England, Sulston led a team who, in partnership with Washington University in St. Louis, created the first rough map of the human genome. While in St. Louis Nov. 12, Sulston told KWMU's Kevin Lavery how he discovered cell suicide by studying a tiny worm.
Washington, D.C. – Republican congressman Roy Blunt of Missouri will be the new majority whip of the US House when Congress convenes in January. The GOP elected their new leaders Wednesday. Blunt, who was just elected to his fourth term in Congress, succeeds Tom DeLay of Texas as party whip. DeLay becomes majority leader. Fellow Republican, John Shimkus of Collinsville, has high praise for Blunt.
St. Louis, MO – A man was questioned at Lambert Airport in St. Louis after telling an American Airlines flight attendant he found a steak knife in a baby bag he had taken aboard the plane.
The passenger was flying with his wife and two small children aboard flight 1683 from New York's Kennedy Airport to St. Louis when he found the knife and told an attendant. The attendant gave the knife to the pilot and the flight continued normally.
St. Louis, MO – The University of Missouri System will announce late Wednesday the name of the next president and details of his or her employment. The four campuses of the University of Missouri System Thursday will host one-hour sessions for faculty, staff, students and friends to meet with the individual who will replace Manuel Pacheco as president. The new president will be at the University of Missouri-St. Louis at 8:30 Thursday morning.