St. Louis, MO – The group pushing the passage of Proposition A in Missouri says raising cigarette taxes would save lives and keep children from ever starting smoking. Citizens for a Healthy Missouri is citing a study from University of Illinois-Chicago researcher Frank Chaloupka which says the 55-cent tax hike would keep more than 49,000 youths from taking up the habit.
Chaloupka says if cigarette prices go up, youths won't want to pay the higher costs.
St. Louis, MO – The family of Missouri's GOP Senate hopeful Jim Talent is making funeral arrangements for Talent's father Milton, who died yesterday.
The 91-year old Navy veteran was a lawyer in St. Louis. He died yesterday after a brief illness.
Jim Talent has cancelled some campaign appearances until tomorrow. He faces Democratic Senator Jean Carnahan in a close contest that has garnered national attention for the effect it may have on party control in the U.S. Senate.
St. Louis, MO – It took almost ten years, but the Bi-State Development Agency now has a system map of its public transportation in the St. Louis area.
The map shows bus and Metrolink routes along all streets in the area, as well fares and instructions for using public transit. Bi-State has always offered timetables and maps for individual routes, but there has never been a system map.
The new maps were printed with federal grant money and are available at the MetroRide store in America's Center in downtown St. Louis.
Chicago, IL – Hearings on requests for clemency from 142 of the 160 prisoners on Illinois' death row wrap up today.
Panels of Illinois Prisoner Review Board members have been hearing six presentations a day during the hearings, which began on October 15th in Chicago and Springfield. The board will pool its recommendations for presentation to Governor George Ryan in November.
While the race for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri has attracted millions of dollars in campaign contributions, intense media coverage, and plenty of voter interest, the same cannot be said for the Senate race in Illinois.
Jefferson City, MO – With just more than a week to go before the 2002 election, Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill says she'll likely run for Governor in 2008.
She's currently running for re-election as auditor and was asked yesterday if she'd serve her full four-year term, she said she would. But she said she may not complete her term if she's reelected in 2006 because she'd likely make a gubernatorial bid two years after that.