Washington, D.C. – Missouri Congressman Todd Akin says it is important to continue to fund NASA's space exploration program despite the failure of the shuttle Columbia. The St. Louis County Republican sits on the House Science Committee, which will hold hearings into the cause the disaster. Akin says he wants to learn why the Shuttle broke apart upon re-entry before discussing the NASA budget.
Akin says his committee's hearings could begin as early as this week.
African-American scholar Cornel West came onto the national stage a decade ago with his groundbreaking book Race Matters.
He's known for his controversial views on race relations, but made headlines recently over a very public dispute with Harvard University's president. West left Harvard for Princeton last year after Harvard raised questions about his outside activities.
St. Louis, MO – About 40 high school students in St. Louis area and Jerusalem took part in a live videoconference Monday to discuss life in the US and Israel, terrorism and the threat of war.
Students in each country exchanged questions about their sense of freedom and security, and how those ideals apply in their daily lives. The videoconference was sponsored by the St. Louis chapter of the American Jewish Committee.
Washington, D.C. – The Federal Election Commission today cleared Senator Jim Talent of Democratic claims that his earnings as a lobbyist amounted to improper contributions.
The panel said the Missouri Republican was within the law.
At issue was Talent's $368,000 dollars of income as a lobbyist and part-time college teacher before he announced he would run for the US Senate. Talent lost a race for governor in November of 2000 and ended his fourth term in the US House at the start of last year.
St. Louis, Mo. – KWMU's Tom Weber reports on how the low levels of the Mississippi River are affecting the commerce that depends on the nation's waterways to ship cargo. This piece aired on NPR; to access the story, click here.
About 9,600 Missourians who receive General Relief are close to being cut off. The $80 check they receive each month will be reduced - starting February 1 - to $9 a month. And Governor Holden wants to eliminate the payments altogether in July.
Social service agencies say General Relief prevents homelessness. But can $80 really keep a person off the streets?