Goldman will advise the authority on how to pay for dome renovations and increase revenue if the Rams leave the building. The authority board approved the hiring yesterday.
Eleven St. Charles West High School students are suspended for their involvement in a brawl Friday that began on Twitter. Superintendent Jeff Marion says some male students exchanged words with some male students from the Ferguson-Florissant School District using the social networking site.
Two St. Charles students helped orchestrate the brawl, and let four teens who were not students in the district into the building just as classes were dismissing for the day. Six teens were arrested after the fight. Of the 11 suspended Monday, six were female; all the students were ages 15 to 17.
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) - Kraft Foods is weighing whether to spend $40 million to expand a plant if Granite City and state provide about $400,000 to widen a road in front of the site.
The Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis reports the plant produces Capri Sun and Kool-Aid beverages.
As part of the project, the Illinois Department of Transportation would provide $300,000 for the road widening that Kraft calls necessary to allow trucks to turn into the plant.
Granite City Economic Development Director Jonathan Ferry says the matter may go before the city council sometime between April and June.
The Granite City facility became part of Kraft in 1991.
CARTERVILLE, Ill. (AP) - More than a dozen fire crews from across southern Illinois joined Carterville firefighters in battling a massive fire that destroyed a business that had served the city for more than 40 years.
WSIU Radio reports that the fire broke out Monday evening and destroyed Corbell Telephone and Electronics. There's no word yet on what caused the blaze. No injuries were reported.
Residents gathered near Carterville's historic downtown for several hours, watching as the fire burned through one building and threatened others.
Mayor Bill Mausey says older buildings make these fires harder to fight because the timbers provide kindling for the blaze.
The mayor says the fire is unfortunate but he's confident the community will recover and the city will do what it can to help.
Filmmaker Terry Artis told Fox2 News that the black man depicted is supposed to represent Slay's supporters. "I'm trying to shock people into the reality of what this is," Artis said. "We live in a city that's run like one big slave plantation."
Artis is also being criticized for releasing “Bootlicker” on February 20th, less than two weeks before the Mayoral primary.
Mayor Slay released a statement critical of the film: "It's an appalling contradiction to the Reed campaign's theme of ‘One St. Louis’ when they and their supporters demean, in the worst possible way, African Americans who support Mayor Slay."
In response, Reed's Campaign released the following statement: "We condemn the overtones in this material. Francis Slay's record is enough for us to criticize without stoking the fire of racial politics."
Missouri currently enjoys a triple-A rating.
But Moody's Investors Service last week assigned a negative outlook to Missouri because of the proportion of the state budget that already comes from the federally and state-funded Medicaid program.
If Missouri expands Medicaid eligibility as called for in the federal Healthcare Reform Act, it would get billions of dollars more from the federal government in coming years.
Caterpillar spokesman Rusty Dunn says it's unclear what caused the blast and fire yesterday morning in an unattached paint building. That building was heavily damaged. Saline County Sheriff's Office Lt. Tracy Felty says it happened near the village of Carrier Mills.
Dunn says an unidentified employee sustained burns and was taken to a St. Louis-area hospital. His medical status was not immediately known.
The Carrier Mills site and a related site in nearby Norris City together employ about 70 people. It's not clear how many workers were at the Carrier Mills location when the explosion happened.
Carrier Mills is about 140 miles southeast of St. Louis.
Mayor Francis Slay chided Democratic rival Lewis Reed for not releasing his tax returns. The Aldermanic President drew a contrast between his returns and Slay's. Reed said it would be a different matter for him to release his joint tax returns since his wife was a working lawyer and the Mayors was a "stay-at-home mother."
Reed then accused Slay of creating a personal "slush fund" with more than 150-thousand dollars left over in the Citizens for a Stronger St. Louis fund -- the campaign committee aimed at keeping the city’s earnings tax intact. Slay denied that.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that committee treasurer Brad Ketcher said the campaign fund was converted into a nonprofit organization after the election.
St. Louis' Democratic primary election is March 5th. The winner will face Green Party candidate James McNeely in the general election.
The $95 million Distressed Areas Land Assemblage credit was passed in 2007 and will expire this August.
McKee's company has received more than $40 million so far and amassed 2,200 parcels of land in north St. Louis for the project. But McKee told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he's needs to buy another 500 parcels for contiguous sites.
The NorthSide project calls for new and refurbished homes, retail and manufacturing space, along with schools and medical facilities on a two square mile area just north of downtown.