St. Louis, MO – State officials have confirmed the first Missouri case of "White Nose Syndrome," a fungal disease that has killed as many as 2 million bats in the Eastern U.S. over the past three years.
Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the fungus in a little brown bat found in a private cave in Pike County, about 80 miles northwest of St. Louis.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Board of Curators has voted to keep in-state tuition for University of Missouri System undergraduates at current levels next year, but raise tuition for nonresidents and for graduate students.
The move honors a deal made by Governor Jay Nixon to freeze tuition in exchange for limiting budget cuts to around $50 million, and it comes days after the State Senate reversed plans to make deeper cuts.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis police say they've busted a large counterfeit operation on the city's north side.
Sgt. Bill March says that they found counterfeit apparel, firearms, DVD's, CD's, shoes, glasses and watches being sold out of a home in the Penrose neighborhood. He estimates the street value of the material at close to $1 million.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would expand the information women must receive 24 hours before undergoing an abortion.
A woman seeking an abortion would have to be told that a fetus could experience pain during the procedure. She would also be given the options of viewing an ultrasound and hearing a heartbeat if one yet exists.
The bill is sponsored by State Senator Rob Mayer (R, Dexter).