Jefferson City, MO – The state of Missouri says it would vaccinate about 8,350 hospital staff and health care workers as part of its plan to fight a potential smallpox outbreak.
The state has submitted its plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pam Walker, director of Missouri's Center for Emergency Response and Terrorism, says medical response teams would conduct the initial investigation if an actual case of smallpox were identified.
Jefferson City, MO – A long-running national recession is partly to blame for Missouri's limited economic growth. That's the word from the state Department of Economic Development. A report released Wednesday finds Missouri has lost more than 77,000 jobs since the US recession began in March 2001. Many of those jobs have been in the manufacturing sector. Department spokesman Jim Grebing says the state must refocus on retaining a highly skilled workforce.
Some police departments are taking proactive measures to better protect themselves and their communities. In St. Louis, chief Joe Mokwa recently mandated that all patrol officers wear body armor when on duty. KWMU's Kevin Lavery reports on what other area departments are doing in response to the phenomenon of crimes involving semi-automatic rifles.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis County is taking a first step towards having uniform emergency communications. A Council committee is considering the establishment of a commission that would ensure first responders can talk with one another. Currently, each of the county's 92 municipalities applies for its own radio frequency. After the committee makes its recommendation to the full council, it's likely to take about a month to finally pass legislation.