St. Louis Zoo officials say Cinder, a 14-year-old hairless chimpanzee that died in February, had an enlarged heart. The Zoo's Dr. Eric Miller says the enlarged heart may have caused a fatal arrhythmia, resulting in a heart attack.
Miller says Cinder hadn't shown signs of heart disease before her death. He says her sudden death is similar to cases of healthy athletes who collapse unexpectedly on the playing field.
A St. Louis researcher says global warming could happen at a quicker rate if more trees in the Amazon Rainforest die from drought.
The Missouri Botanical Garden's David Neill co-authored a study published in this week's Science Magazine. He says a 2005 drought killed thousands of trees that once absorbed carbon dioxide from fossil fuels.
Neill says losing more trees to future droughts could exacerbate the problem.
St. Louis, MO – Anheuser-Busch InBev's profits tumbled in the fourth quarter as the company struggles with the debt from its November merger.
The company made $61 million in the fourth quarter of last year, a 95 percent drop from the $1.1 billion it made in the same period in 2007. Overall, the company's sales declined slightly, though the American market showed some gains.
Jefferson City, MO – Thirty-two highway projects in Missouri being funded by federal stimulus dollars were approved today by the state Highways and Transportation Commission.
But none of those projects are in or near St. Louis.
St. Louis-area officials, including Mayor Francis Slay, have been critical of the Missouri Department of Transportation for designating most of the federal bailout money allotted to it to projects outside the metro area.
St. Louis, MO – Mayor Francis Slay's main opponent in the general election sees a silver lining in Slay's wide primary victory.
Former state Senator Maida Coleman originally planned to challenge Slay in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, but dropped out when a candidate with the same last name entered the race at the last minute. Coleman is running in April as an independent.
Springfield, Ill. – Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's announcement of a six-figure book deal this week has prompted legislation meant to bar corrupt government officials from profiting from their misconduct.
The bill from Democratic Rep. Jack Franks would require officials convicted of misconduct to forfeit any payment for their stories. That means they couldn't make money from book, TV or movie deals.
Franks said officials should not be able to "cash in" after betraying the people's trust.
St. Louis – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay won decisively in Tuesday's Democratic primary.
Slay got more than 61 percent of the vote, beating former alderwoman Irene J. Smith, who had 32 percent, and attorney Denise Watson-Wesley Coleman, who had 6.5 percent. Slay credited a strong two-term record for his win.
"Our neighborhoods are stronger through a lot of the efforts we've undertaken," Slay said. "I think we've been able to demonstrate that our efforts have borne a lot of fruit."