Area college students demonstrated outside Roy Blunt's office in Clayton today to voice their opposition to the recent interest rate hike on educational loans. Inaction by Congress led to a doubling of the rate from 3.4 to 6.8 percent on July 1. Leaders of Young Activists United anticipated a meeting with Senator Blunt, but Tatericka Holmes, who attends SIUE, says they left disappointed.
"It was basically his secretary who gave us this press release and told us that he was in D.C. and he could talk to us another time. But that's the second time we've heard that so when is he going to speak to us", says Holmes
Holmes says Senator Blunt expects to sponsor a bi-partisan bill capping the student loan interest rate at 8.25 percent, but protestors say that is still too high a price to pay.
Police say the suspect who allegedly stole an elderly woman's purse is in custody.
The 94-year-old victim noticed her purse had been stolen and started seeing charges show up on one of her credit cards. A tipster called police with the suspect's identity shortly after the story was first broadcast by the media. Prosecutors are reviewing the case and charges could be filed tomorrow.
According to the FBI, the same person may be responsible for robbing four banks along Interstate 55.
The first robbery was in May of this year. In all four robberies the so-called "I-55 Bandit" handed the teller a note demanding money and indicating he had a weapon, but never showing it.
The suspect is young, between 18 and 25 years old and about six feet tall. Anyone with information is asked to call the CrimeStoppers.