St. Louis-based Monsanto announced plans Tuesday to genetically engineer wheat seeds that will tolerate drought and provide a higher yield.
The agribusiness giant is paying $45 million for the assets of WestBred, a Montana company that specializes in wheat germplasm, as part of its plan. Wheat germplasm is the crop seed's genetic material.
Officials say the drought-resistant seeds could take eight to 10 years to develop.
St. Louis – Ballpark Village was an under-construction shopping district next to St Louis' Busch Stadium that was supposed to be finished by today, but at the future site only stands a softball diamond.
St. Louis – Demonstrators briefly shut down traffic on Interstate 70 during afternoon rush hour Tuesday.
Protestors representing the African-American Business and Contractors Association stopped several large trucks on the freeway's depressed section near the Arch. They blocked traffic in both directions for about a minute.
The demonstration came a decade after a much larger protest shut down I-70 at Goodfellow and resulted in 125 arrests.
Doctors estimate as many as four million women in Africa and Asia are suffering with a medical condition that often causes them to become outcasts from society. In the United States the condition is usually easily fixed with surgery, but in developing countries women can go their entire lives without getting treatment. A St. Louis doctor is leading the push to help women overseas get medical care.
St. Louis – City officials said traffic moved well throughout St. Louis over the weekend despite a changing list of street closings.
But St. Louis Streets Director Todd Waelterman is urging patience Tuesday night, when President Obama's visit will close Interstate 64 between the Poplar Street Bridge and 14th Street starting at 5 p.m.
Waelterman said that could cause backups on Interstates 55 and 44. Once downtown, Waelterman said drivers should look out for pedestrians.