St. Louis, MO – St. Louis University is looking for volunteers to take part in a nationwide clinical trial to test the potency of the current smallpox vaccination. The study focuses on people aged 32 to 70 who've already been vaccinated against smallpox at least once. Researchers will measure how well volunteers respond to three randomly selected dilutions of the vaccine.
St. Louis, MO – A 41-year-old man is suing a former priest and the St. Louis Archdiocese over sexual abuse he says he endured for two years in the 1970s.
Matt Layton, of Webster Groves, says he was abused by Joseph Ross, but only recalled it in March. Layton says he was an altar boy in 1975 at St. Williams Church in suburban St. Louis when the abuse began.
St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Department of Transportation today delivered what it calls its most comprehensive annual report ever to state lawmakers.
MoDot has been a target for criticism in past years because of its failure to complete long-range projects, and a statewide tax hike for transportation funding failed this spring. Department spokesman Jeff Briggs says for these reasons, they wanted this year's report to be as inclusive as possible.
St. Louis, MO – A federal grand jury hands up indictments against three St. Louis men in connection with the murder of a bank guard during a robbery last month.
Robert Bolden, Corteze Edwards and Dominick Price already face state charges of first-degree murder in the October seventh death of guard Nathan Ley. Ley was shot to death outside a Bank of America branch as he stepped in to stop an attempted robbery.
St. Louis, MO – The city of St. Louis is a little bit closer to insuring the Cardinals stay downtown.
A copyrighted story in the St. Louis Business-Journal reports the city and team quietly signed a pair of agreements on Monday. That was one day before Proposition S passed to require voter approval of any public financing of stadiums.
Alderman Irving Clay says while the current deal doesn't need voter approval any changes would.
St. Louis, MO – A conservation group wants to establish a 55,000 acre national wildlife refuge in eastern St. Charles County.
The St. Louis-based Great Rivers Habitat Alliance would preserve land stretching between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and halt flood plain development in one of the fastest-growing regions of the state.
The proposal targets rich river bottomland in eastern St. Charles County that is home to ducks, bald eagles and generations of farmers. It has supporters.
Cahokia, Illinois – Democrat Rod Blagojevich made his first trip to the Metro East since being elected Governor of Illinois Tuesday. Blagojevich spoke to a crowd of more than 100 supporters at Parks Airport in Cahokia, telling them that southwestern Illinois will be included in his plan in Springfield when he assumes office next year.
Congressman Jerry Costello of Belleville introduced Blagojevich saying he was pleased to present the first democratic governor elected in 30 years.