Belleville, ILL. – Amidst debate this spring over medical malpractice insurance rates, one neurosurgeon in Illinois says Missouri's rates are better.
Dr. William Sprich is one of just three neurosurgeons in St. Clair County, Ill. He says he's moving to Missouri because the insurance is cheaper. Hospital officials in Belleville say the two remaining neurosurgeons will not be able to stay on call all the time, which will likely mean more airlifts to St. Louis hospitals.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri lawmakers have two weeks left to meet the constitutional deadline for passing a state budget. They say they expect to make that deadline, but they're also counting on more work after that date.
Leading legislative Republicans expect Gov. Bob Holden to veto the budget and call them back for a special session.
The sudden emergence of the SARS virus has focused the attention of medical professionals around the world in a way not seen since the early 1980's, when the HIV-AIDS scare dominated the news of the day.
Though less attention is given to HIV these days, the virus remains a serious health threat that infects up to 50,000 people each year in the U.S. alone.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri officials have given preliminary approval to the state's share of a nearly $1.4 billion national settlement with Wall Street brokerage houses.
The settlement involves 10 investment firms whose analysts recommended stocks to investors while their investment banking divisions were underwriting them. Merrill Lynch is one of the 10 firms. Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt said the company's analysts were encouraged to give exaggerated stock values.