St. Louis, Mo. – New findings out of Washington University in St. Louis could lead to better information about the causes of male infertility.
Working with scientists in Massachusetts, the St. Louis team discovered that the male Y chromosome contains many duplicate genes that control sperm production.
Dr. Rick Wilson directs Washington University's Genome Sequencing Center. He says the findings disprove a theory that suggested the Y chromosome is slowly degrading, leading to the eventual extinction of human males.
Independence, MO – The family of a Highway Patrol trooper who died in a rear-end collision in western Missouri is suing Ford Motor Company. They allege the location of the patrol car's fuel tank played a part in the car catching fire.
Michael Newton's family filed the lawsuit Tuesday, as did Michael Nolte of Leawood, Kansas. Nolte was in the car with Newton and survived the crash.
Theirs are the latest in a series of claims against Ford for its design of the Crown Victoria, which is commonly used by police.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden says he will once again veto the state's education budget.
Holden, a Democrat, is asking lawmakers a second time to consider raising new revenues for public schools and state colleges. He has suggested new taxes on casinos and cigarettes, as well as closing some tax loopholes.
Springfield, IL – Supporters of the legislation say it will force drug companies to offer lower prices to club members, who would have more clout as a group. The state will negotiate for bulk discounts on behalf of the club. Blagojevich says seniors make up 13 percent of the state's population but account for 42 percent of the prescriptions dispensed. Seniors citizens and the disabled will pay 25 dollars a year to join in return for anticipated discounts.
Washington, DC – The decision came Monday in the case of a suburban St. Louis dentist. Prosecutors wanted to give drugs to Dr. Charles Sell to make him well enough to stand trial on health fraud charges.
The 6-3 ruling means that the government will have to meet certain conditions before putting defendants on anti-psychotic drugs before their trials. Justices said a lower court should reconsider whether the government could medicate the 53-year-old Sell. He's been diagnosed with a delusional disorder.