St. Louis – The death of an overweight eighth-grader during football practice has revived the debate over testing of children's hearts before they engage in sports or other strenuous activity.
Anthony Troupe Jr. collapsed last week on a suburban St. Louis football field. The 13-year-old known as "Big Ant" for his 6-foot-2-inch, 383-pound body was pronounced dead at a local hospital an hour later.
St. Louis – Local supporters of the push to overhaul the nation's health care system used a panel discussion Thursday to try and break into the noisy debate.
As it has throughout the nation, the debate over health care in Missouri has been dominated by confrontations at congressional town hall meetings. The panel sponsored by the Missouri Budget Project, a liberal advocacy group, was designed to show the wide range of support for an overhaul, said the Project's executive director, Amy Blouin.
St. Louis – A Missouri state senator who has been a part-time lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis has canceled plans to teach a class this fall.
Democratic Sen. Jeff Smith of St. Louis was to teach a course about St. Louis politics, culture and society. But the university said Wednesday that Smith asked last week to be relieved of those duties.
Smith is facing a federal inquiry related to his unsuccessful 2004 congressional campaign. He has declined to comment to The Associated Press.