Amy Hancock's first words after surgery to restore her voice were "thank you." The 26-year-old Hancock had surgery last month at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, where tissue was removed from her arm and fashioned into a talking tube. On Monday, Hancock spoke her first words using her new voice.
St. Louis – When tobacco giant Philip Morris was handed a $10-billion judgment in a class- action lawsuit this year, it happened in a Madison County, Illinois, courtroom. It's a popular jurisdiction for lawyers filing class-action lawsuits.
KWMU's Matt Sepic reports for NPR that now some groups are criticizing the county for being a "plaintiff's paradise."
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court says St. Louis residents won't vote on a student bill of rights. The high court says the issue should have been decided four years ago.
Today's unanimous decision says a state law allowing a vote specifically set a March 15th, 1999, deadline.
Under the proposed student bill of rights, voters would have decided whether to allow students to attend public schools closest to their homes, or choose to enroll in any other public school in the St. Louis district.