Washington – Republican Missouri Senator Jim Talent is sponsoring a bill that would set up a new tracking system for the health of U.S. troops.

Talent says he has heard complaints from veterans' groups for years that soldiers were not given complete physical examinations before and after their deployment.

He says his legislation would require pre-and-post-deployment blood and tissue samples for every member of the armed forces.

St. Louis, MO – Two Amtrak trains between St. Louis and Kansas City will be canceled Wednesday because of work on a bridge in Maplewood.

Passengers on the other trains will have to ride buses between St. Louis and Kirkwood to get around the construction.

The Wednesday morning westbound train from St. Louis and the afternoon eastbound train from Kansas City are canceled.

All schedules should be back to normal on Thursday.


Miami – Rudy Crew is heading to Miami.

Miami-Dade County's school board Monday hired the former chief of New York City's public school system.

Crew was also being courted by school districts in St. Louis and Washington, D.C.

Crew was the St. Louis School Board's only pick for superintendent, even though the other districts were courting him.

Crew will earn $295,000 annually in Miami.

Springfield, Ill. – Officials at the Illinois Revenue Department say 200-thousand Illinoisans filed their tax returns online this year.

That's 67% more than last year's then-record number of e-filers.

The state says online filing gets people their tax returns quicker, and saves the state $1 in paperwork costs for each electronic return.

In all, online filings represented about 37% of all of the 5.7 million returns filed in Illinois.

St. Louis, MO – More than 250 agricultural leaders from twenty countries have gathered in St. Louis to attend a meeting on the future of the agri-food system.

The World Agricultural Forum's First Regional Congress stems from the Forum's controversial meeting in St. Louis last year.

St. Louis – Highway safety officials kicked off a new effort in St. Louis Monday to get more people to buckle up.

That comes just days after Missouri lawmakers finished their spring session without strengthening seat belt laws.

The session ended without a vote to allow police to pull people over for not wearing a seat belt.

Right now they have to pull you over for some other reason before nabbing you for not buckling up.


St. Louis – Researchers at Saint Louis University have developed a genetically engineered virus similar to a common cold that they believe can kill cancer cells in the lung and colon while leaving healthy cells undamaged.

Researcher William Wold says the therapy could eventually offer an option for many cancer patients, or could be used in combination with other cancer-fighting efforts.

Details of the study are published in this month's Cancer Research.

(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – Veronica O'Brien will become the newest member of the St. Louis School Board.

Mayor Francis Slay announced her appointment at a news conference this afternoon.

O'Brien graduated from the St. Louis Public Schools, and has two children who participate in the inter-district desegregation program.

She works in the insurance industry, and will be sworn in at the next school board meeting.

O'Brien replaces Rochell Moore, whom a judge removed last month for gross misconduct.

St. Peters, MO – Two aldermen in St. Peters say they want to unseat the man who just became mayor of the city.

Political newcomer Shawn Brown defeated longtime mayor Tom Brown (no relation) last month.

And now aldermen Jerry Hollingsworth and Len Pagano say they want his job.

The new mayor Brown is trying to repeal the city's rule that the mayor's job be full time. He also has a job in sales, but says his mayor duties are their own full-time job.

Jefferson City, Mo. – After years of trying, Missouri sheriffs are celebrating passage of legislation that would allow judges to make criminals pay into a fund for law enforcement.

The measure has been around for several years, and passed last year, only to be vetoed by Governor Holden.

But supporters think they have found the proper wording this year to find acceptance from the governor, and to withstand a constitutional challenge.