St. Louis – For countries in the former Soviet Union, a collaboration with the Missouri Botanical Garden may lead to greater protections for endangered species in Eurasia. Researchers and scientists from countries such as Russia and Georgia will be gathering this week at the garden to discuss a comprehensive list of endangered species in the Caucasus Mountain range.
St. Louis – The Republican Senator from Missouri says he's found a worse idea from California and Massachusetts Democrats than energy legislation passed by the US House.
A climate change bill from California senator Barbara Boxer and Massachusetts senator John Kerry builds off the "cap-and-trade" idea in legislation that's already passed the US House. It's sponsored by California Democrat Henry Waxman and Massachusetts Democrat Edward Markey.
St. Louis – A former Democratic operative in St. Louis has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison on fraud and weapons charges.
Thirty-eight year old Milton "Skip" Ohlsen pleaded guilty to two felony counts in May. He also has to pay nearly $100,000 in restitution.
He has admitted to falsifying his income on two 2007 loan applications. The weapons charge - a felon in possession of a firearm - comes from a drug convictions Ohlsen has on his record from a decade ago.
St. Louis – Nearly 500 people received treatment for the flu at clinics and hospitals in St. Louis County last month.
October 1st is the traditional start of the flu season, when hospitals and clinics begin tracking cases and submitting those numbers to the county health department. But the department started surveillance in September this year because of concerns about the H1N1 virus.
St. Louis, MO – The FBI office in St. Louis has arrested more child predator suspects than any other FBI field office.
Special Agent in Charge John Gillies says it's not that eastern Missouri has more child predators in its population than any other place in the country. But he says officials are actively looking for them and have put a lot of resources into the effort.
St. Louis – A former top aide to Governor Matt Blunt will challenge Russ Carnahan for Congress next year.
Ed Martin served as Blunt's chief of staff until January 2008, when he resigned during an ongoing dispute over state e-mails. He's also led several ballot campaigns opposing embryonic stem cell research and supporting term limits, and chaired the St. Louis city Board of Elections.
St. Louis – A St. Louis-area investor who stole more than $10 million of his client's money has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison.
Don C. Weir must also pay those clients more than $12 million in restitution. He pleaded guilty in February to a mail fraud charge for selling gold coins he had purchased for clients as investments without their permission. Weir used the money from those sales to pay for private school education and to make charitable donations.