St. Louis, MO – A 22-year veteran of St. Louis-based Monsanto is the new president and CEO of the biotech company.
Hugh Grant replaces Hendrik Verfaille, who resigned in December, citing the company's poor financial performance over the previous two years.
Monsanto makes the herbicide RoundUp, and also makes genetically altered seeds that can tolerate RoundUp and resist insects. Those seeds include cotton, corn, soybean and canola. Monsanto also produces Asgrow, Hartz and DeKalb seeds.
St. Louis, Mo. – African-American drivers in Missouri were 40-percent more likely to be stopped by law enforcement in 2002 than white drivers. That's according to a state-mandated report issued Friday by the office of Attorney General Jay Nixon.
In 2001, blacks were only 35-percent more likely to be pulled over than whites.
Statistician Scott Decker with the University of Missouri-St. Louis says despite the five-percent increase this year, it's too early to call it a trend.
Chicago, ILL. – A lawsuit filed Thusday in Madison County tries to get two oil companies to clean up a lake of gasoline underneath the Metro-East village of Hartford.
The suit asks Premcor and Apex oil companies to find a way to eliminate the gasoline pool that has formed for years under houses and businesses in the area. The claim also seeks payment to county and state officials for overseeing the work.
The pool got bigger over the years because of leaks and spills from underground pipes.
St. Louis – The St. Louis Health Department is receiving a $1.4 million grant to fight cardiovascular disease in the city's African-American community.
The grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health will be used to conduct cardiovascular screenings and encourage African-Americans in eight specific zip codes in St. Louis to change the behaviors that put them at increased risk for heart disease.
Health department director Dr. Hugh Stallworth says heart disease is the city's number one killer.