Jefferson City, MO – Biologists in Missouri took samples from about six thousand deer this week to test for the fatal chronic wasting disease, but officials won't get the test results until March or April.
The brain-wasting disease is similar to elk and deer what mad cow disease is to cattle. It has never been identified in Missouri, but the state's Department of Conservation have been collecting deer heads from hunters for samples.
Metro-East, Illinois – Madison and St. Clair counties in Illinois are offering free bus rides during the holiday season.
In St. Clair County, there will be a free Holiday MetroBus painted on the outside with candles, bows and garlands. It will make surprise appearances on regular bus routes for part of every day from today through Christmas.
In Madison County, the transit district is offering free bus rides to Christmas light displays for people with disabilities or groups of senior citizens.