Claycomo, MO – Work continued through Sunday night to herd millions of bees. The insects escaped from a tractor-trailer that skidded off a highway interchange near Kansas City.
The rig was carrying more than 500 beehives. There were no serious injuries but the truck's driver, as well as firefighters, police officers, and tow truck company employees sustained repeated beestings.
The incident happened in the Kansas City suburb of Claycomo on a ramp linking Interstates 435 and 35.
St. Louis, Mo. – With the detection of the first confirmed case of West Nile virus in a bird in Missouri this week, state officials are gearing up to handle the mosquito-transmitted disease.
The infected bird was found near Harvester in St. Charles County. Missouri Department of Health spokesman Brian Quinn says they cannot predict if this summer will be worse than last but he believes the state is better prepared to deal with the virus.
Springfield, ILL. – The commission that oversees financial aid for Illinois college students is considering reducing the maximum amount of so-called MAP-grants.
MAP (Monetary Assistance Program) grants come from money state lawmakers appropriate every year to provide financial assistance to Illinois college students. Unlike loans, MAP grants need not be repaid.
St. Louis, MO – Another Carnahan is getting into politics. Robin Carnahan, the daughter of former Senator Jean and the late Governor Mel Carnahan, says she'll run for Missouri Secretary of State next year. Current Secretary of State Matt Blunt is expected to run for Governor.
That word comes just days after one of Robin's brothers, Russ, announced he's running for Congress.
Robin Carnahan is a St. Louis attorney; the Democrat says she has formed a committee and is raising money for next year's election.