ST. LOUIS – St. Louis biking organizations are asking for input as they develop a regional bicycle plan. The organizers aim to connect the existing bike routes in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, and suggest additional on-street routes.
Susan Trautman, executive director of the Great Rivers Greenway, said that one of the plan's biggest goals is to standardize cycling across the area's many municipalities.
Cape Girardeau, MO – On a sunny afternoon in Cape Girardeau County, Larry Miller, flanked by two of his dogs, walked across his ranch. At 13, grey, shaggy Ruffles doesn't move as well as before. Milly is the seven-year-old energetic wiener dog who lights up at the opportunity to feed the horses. Miller also has a third dog, Bob.
ST. LOUIS – A new life science research facility has opened in midtown St. Louis. The BioGenerator Accelerator will provide laboratory space to scientists in the early stages of developing a new product.
BioGenerator chairman John McDonnell said the labs are intended for biologists, chemists, and other scientists who are in the very early stages of turning a research idea into a commercially viable product.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Housing Development Commission has reversed itself and approved using unspent tax credit money to pay for improvements at a St. Louis-area facility for the developmentally disabled.
Nearly $10 million from the Home Ownership Purchase Enhancement (HOPE) program will be used to fund expansion of the Bellefontaine Habilitation Center.
ST. LOUIS – Healthcare providers in St. Louis say they're seeing less demand for flu shots so far this year.
Last week BJC Hospital gave out almost 29,000 flu shots, down slightly from 2009.
Another organization, the Visiting Nurse Association, said that it's given far fewer vaccinations than expected. Pam Breitweiser of the VNA said that people may be less sensitive to the issue after the focus on H1N1 last year.
ST. LOUIS – Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay said that he would support a freeze on home foreclosures.
Clay spoke Monday on St. Louis on the Air. He is a member of the House Financial Services Committee.
"Wouldn't it be better to work out something with the homeowner to keep those families in homes, even if you have to rent to them?" Clay said, "It doesn't help that family nor the bank if that home sits empty."
PINE LAWN, Mo. – St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch is seeking an investigation into allegations that Pine Lawn's police chief fired a shot at a driver.
McCulloch on Monday asked the county police department to investigate the allegation against Pine Lawn chief Rickey Collins. Detectives from the Division of Criminal Investigation will handle the inquiry.