A St. Louis jury has awarded $38.5 million to 16 residents of Herculaneum who alleged negligence by the former owners of a lead smelter in the eastern Missouri town.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the verdict on Thursday was only for compensatory damages. The trial that began three months ago continues Friday with a hearing about punitive damages against Texas-based Fluor Corp., Virginia-based A.T. Massey Coal and Doe Run Investment Holding Co.
The number of Missouri households led by same-sex partners has increased by more than 60 percent over the past decade.
New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show Missouri had more than 15,000 households led by someone living with a same-sex partner. Of those, slightly more than 7,000 involved male partners and 8,200 were female partners. There were children in about one-quarter of those households.
The latest round of population information was released late Wednesday.