Researchers working on a National Institutes of Health study have found that drinking alcohol may not be the leading cause of pancreatitis. Doctors previously thought about 80% of people with pancreatitis, or an inflamed pancreas, got it from consuming five or more drinks a day.
Wentzville, MO – About 900 workers at the General Motors Corp. plant in Wentzville are facing indefinite layoffs later this summer.
GM said Monday it will cut one of two production shifts in Wentzville in August. GM spokesman Chris Lee says market demand for the GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express vans manufactured in Wenzville has declined dramatically.
Lee says workers will be called back if and when demand improves, but there is no time frame for a return to work.
Madison, Ill. – Authorities in the Metro East have issued a missing child alert. Police say a babysitter took 5-month-old Cortez Rose from his home in Madison, Ill. without the consent of the baby's parents.
The suspect is Danielle Medina, a 17-year-old African-American female with a black pony tail and orange and black hair weave.
She was last seen in Granite City wearing a long brown shirt and black leggings. Cortez weighs 20 pounds and had been wearing a red t-shirt and diaper.
St. Louis, MO – Storms that pummeled the St. Louis area Monday morning have closed parts of St. Louis County government until Thursday.
A fire in the boiler room of the County Government Center, 41 S. Central Ave. knocked out the primary and back-up electrical systems for the government center, courthouse, jail, and St. Louis County Police annex. The fire was storm-related, but investigators have not determined the exact cause. A replacement part must be trucked in from Houston.