Pontoon Beach, Ill. – A Metro East fire chief said the explosion that destroyed a Pontoon Beach home last week is suspicious. However Chief Dan Kreher of the Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department did not say why the blast may not have been an accident.
Records show the property was at the center of a long-standing and complicated series of disputes in the Madison County courts.
Those cases include a now-settled foreclosure involving one of the current occupants.
Researchers at St. Louis University and the Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas have found that significant weight loss can reverse fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease occurs when excess body fat builds up in the liver's cells.
Researchers found that patients who lost nine percent or more of their total body weight reduced the amount of fat accumulation in their livers.
St. Louis, MO – The land near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in St. Charles County would become a huge fish and wildlife habitat under a proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Corps wants to convert over one-thousand acres of federal and state land into the Confluence Point Project. Project manager Jason Farmer says the area would be transformed into a mixture of flood plain habitats, with some prairie, some trees and some small basins.
St. Louis, MO – United States Steel has confirmed that it plans to lay off additional workers at its facility in Granite City.
The 390 union and non-union employees work at the Granite City coke furnace. Slumping demand for steel has forced US Steel to store the coke on the factory grounds - it is temporarily shutting down the furnace to balance supply and demand.
St. Louis, MO – The fate of the Chrysler plant in Fenton is still up in the air following the release of a restructuring plan unveiled Tuesday by the beleaguered automaker.
Chrysler announced that it will need another $5 billion in government money to survive the recession. The company received $4 billion in September. It will cut another 3000 jobs and eliminate three models.
Jefferson City, MO – Work began today to replace an aging bridge in mid-Missouri, just minutes after President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion economic stimulus package into law.
The State Highways and Transportation Commission monitored the president's speech leading up to the bill signing, from the site of the 76-year-old Osage River Bridge near Tuscumbia. Once signed, the commission voted to award the contract to APAC-Kansas City.
The doctors and patients involved in the largest living kidney transplant to date met by teleconference on Tuesday. Six donors and six recipients from hospitals in St. Louis, Oklahoma City and Baltimore were involved in the transplant. Kidneys were flown from donors to recipients.