St. Louis, Mo. – With the detection of the first confirmed case of West Nile virus in a bird in Missouri this week, state officials are gearing up to handle the mosquito-transmitted disease.
The infected bird was found near Harvester in St. Charles County. Missouri Department of Health spokesman Brian Quinn says they cannot predict if this summer will be worse than last but he believes the state is better prepared to deal with the virus.
Springfield, ILL. – The commission that oversees financial aid for Illinois college students is considering reducing the maximum amount of so-called MAP-grants.
MAP (Monetary Assistance Program) grants come from money state lawmakers appropriate every year to provide financial assistance to Illinois college students. Unlike loans, MAP grants need not be repaid.