St. Louis – Saint Louis Zoo veterinarians are treating the Zoo's 23-month-old Asian elephant, Jade, for herpes. Zoo staffers noticed the elephant was lethargic on Sunday. A blood sample indicated she had contracted herpes. She remains in guarded condition Thursday.
Jefferson City, MO – A former opponent of primary seat belt enforcement today filed a bill in the Missouri House sponsoring it.
State Representative Bill Deeken (R, Jefferson City) says allowing law officers to pull over motorists simply for not buckling up will not only save lives, but will also enable the state to draw down up to $20 million from Washington.
Jefferson City, MO – A Missouri Senate committee spent about four hours Tuesday afternoon and evening, hearing testimony on a bill that would allow utility companies to charge customers for new power plants while they're under construction.
If the bill becomes law, St. Louis-based AmerenUE may consider building a second nuclear reactor at its plant near Fulton.
The utility's president and CEO, Tom Voss, testified that being allowed to bill customers while building it is the only way they can afford a new reactor.
Jefferson City, MO – Linda Martinez has been confirmed by the Missouri Senate to be the state's Economic Development Director, after a St. Charles County senator ended a filibuster that had blocked her confirmation.
Senator Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville) says he ended his filibuster after obtaining written documentation that Martinez was willing to enforce the state's illegal immigration laws.
But he added that he had to find the documentation on his own.
St. Louis – The St. Louis County Health Department is reporting an increase in flu cases. The Department recorded 85 cases for the week ending February 8. That was up from 66 the week before, and 15 in mid-January.
Department spokesman Craig LeFebvre says an increase usually occurs at least once during the yearly flu cycle. He says it's not too late to get a flu shot.