States Split on Naming of New Mississippi River Bridge

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The Illinois house of representatives voted Tuesday to name the new Mississippi River Bridge in honor of our military veterans.  That contradicts votes in the Missouri and United States Senate houses to name the bridge after Cardinals Baseball Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial.

Illinois representative Jay Hoffman, from Belleville, was proud to announce the latest development.  On Tuesday, the Illinois house voted to name the new bridge the 'Veterans` Memorial Bridge'.  Both the Illinois and Missouri senate have to vote for the measure.

But, the Missouri senate now has a bill seeking to name the bridge after Musial, with a stretch of Interstate-70 on the bridge to be named the 'Andy Gammon Memorial Highway'.  Musial died at age 92 in January 2013.  Gammon died at age 35 in March of 2012.  He was helping build the bridge when he fell in the river.

Then there are the United States Senators, who voted unanimously to name the bridge after Musial.

This structure is connecting Missouri and Illinois, but it looks like a simple name is causing a bit of a division right now.  That may be okay for now.  The bridge does not open until 2014.

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