Springfield, IL – Illinois public health officials today suspended smallpox vaccinations because of fears it causes heart problems.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to determine whether there's a link between the vaccination and cardiac problems in seven people nationwide who have received the vaccination.
Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois Senate passed a number of pieces of legislation Tuesday that range from keeping a tax credit for the working poor on the books to taking some drivers off the road.
EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT
Senators voted 45-0 to continue a tax break for the working poor. The state's earned income tax credit applies to people who qualify for the federal version of the credit. Illinoisans get to reduce their state tax by five-percent of their federal tax credit.
A growing number of Americans are buying or refinancing their homes with subprime loans. Most subprime loans are given for valid reasons. But others involve discriminatory practices, and are referred to as predatory loans. As the nation prepares to mark the 35th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act next month, KWMU's Kevin Lavery looks at the issue in the St. Louis region.
Springfield, Ill. – Former Illinois governor Jim Thompson is leading the push for lawmakers to help a major tobacco company.
A Madison County judge ruled last week that Philip Morris must pay billions in damages for portraying light cigarettes as a safer alternative than the regular kind. In order to appeal the ruling, the company must put $12 billion dollars in a so-called appeal bond, which is says is not possible.
St. Louis, Mo. – Muslims and Arab-Americans in St. Louis and nationwide may soon get a safety kit.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is distributing the packs, which contain advice about what to do if they're threatened or the victim of a hate crime. It also offers suggestions on how to strengthen relationships with schools, police, and community groups.
The council started the kits after crime increased against people perceived as Middle Eastern just before the invasion of Iraq began.