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.
St. Louis, MO. – The nation's education chief, Arne Duncan, says St. Louis is on the verge of an educational "sea change."
Duncan was at Lexington Elementary in St. Louis as part of a union-sponsored "back to school" tour.
As the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Duncan says he understands the barriers to success urban districts like St. Louis face and that urban schools need to provide an entire range of social services for both students and parents beyond just holding students for eight hours per day.
St. Louis, MO – Aircraft maker Boeing marked a milestone today. Boeing and its predecessor company McDonnell Douglas, have been in St. Louis for 70 years.
At a celebration with workers and elected officials today, Boeing touted its history of producing military aircraft and weapons. And the president and CEO of Boeing's Integrated Defense Systems, Jim Albaugh, took the opportunity to thank the St. Louis region, which he says has been very good to the company.
Jefferson City, MO – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill continued her series of health care town hall meetings last night in Jefferson City. And the Missouri Democrat once again faced a crowd that was for the most part less than friendly.
Nearly 400 people crowded into Lewis and Clark Middle School to hear and sometimes jeer McCaskill. She told the audience that doing nothing to America's current health care system is not an option.
St. Louis, MO – It appears that a new casino license will be up for grabs next year in Missouri.
State gaming regulators say the owners of the President Casino in St. Louis must apply for a new casino license if they want to replace the aging riverboat.
Pinnacle Entertainment, which owns the casino on the Admiral, wants to replace it with a new barge at the same site on Laclede's Landing once the Admiral is decertified next summer. But Missouri Gaming Commission executive director Gene McNary says that's not possible.