St. Louis – Democratic State Representative Rachel Storch has officially announced she'd like to move over to the state Senate.
Storch, along with state House colleagues T.D. El-Amin and Jamilah Nasheed, and a committeeman from the 28th Ward, Joe Keaveny, are interested in the Senate seat vacated last week by Jeff Smith, who resigned after pleading guilty to two federal obstruction of justice charges.
Chicago – Taxes on liquor are set to go up Tuesday in Illinois, but how much more you pay in taxes depends on the alcohol content of your booze.
The rate goes up more for the hard stuff than beer or alcoholic cider. Still, many owners of small liquor stores are unhappy about the tax increase during a recession. Peter Vas owns Vas Foremost Liquors in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood.
Researchers at St. Louis University's Center for Vaccine Development are already testing a swine flu vaccine. Now they're also conducting trials of vaccine for a mosquito-borne virus that affects more than 100 million people each year.
Dengue fever mostly sickens people in tropical countries and kills up to 20,000 annually. Symptoms of the virus include body aches and fever that can last for weeks.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Senate committee looking into the delaying of an E. coli report from the Lake of the Ozarks met again today via conference call.
But committee members spent much of the meeting debating why they're looking into the matter.
Brad Lager (R, Savannah), chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment, reiterated that they are not conducting an investigation...that they are only reviewing what happened to see if any policy changes are needed.