There are many reasons it's growing more difficult to feed the hungry: the economy is bad, unemployment is up and so is need. But one fundamental reason is increased efficiency in the food industry. Food banks rely heavily on such donations. As the industry eliminates mistakes, donations have dropped significantly. From member station KWMU in St. Louis, Hillary Wicai reports.
St. Louis, MO – An HMO tasked with testing some 19,000 St. Louis area children for lead poisoning will pay the state of Missouri $1.1 million for failing to perform those tests.
State Attorney General Jay Nixon first filed suit against Healthcare USA of Missouri three years ago. Nixon says in 1998, the company tested only 17% of 2-year-old children for which it was responsible.
St. Louis, MO – Former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog is recovering from successful quadruple heart bypass surgery this morning. He had the operation yesterday after a stress test found some arties with 90% blockage.
Herzog managed the Redbirds to their last World Series championship in 1982. He led the Cards to three N.L. pennants in the 1980s.
Herzog resigned from the Cardinals in 1990, but has had several offers to return to baseball since.
Blanche Touhill's 37-year career at the university has been marked by many firsts. She was the first female tenured professor; the first woman to chair the Faculty Senate, and the university's first female Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. KWMU's Kevin Lavery recently spoke with Dr. Touhill about how the climate of UM-St. Louis' early days helped shape her long career.
Prosecutors in Jefferson County filed criminal charges against the owners of a dog kennel in Fenton Friday morning.
Karen and Francis Wilson now face six counts of animal abuse. State agriculture and Missouri Humane Society officials raided the Guys-N-Dolls kennel last month, citing the poor conditions in which the dogs were living.
St. Louis, MO – Missouri's top two elected officials say they want to protect senior citizens by strengthening nursing home laws. In light of widespread reports of abuse and neglect, Governor Bob Holden and Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell are proposing legislation to enact sweeping reforms of the nursing home industry. The proposed bill would hold CEO's accountable for poor performance and assist prosecutors in bringing neglect cases to trial. Maxwell says it would also keep reckless care providers from practicing in Missouri.