St. Louis, MO – Biomedical researcher Cheryl Rosenthal fed pregnant mice three different diets: one high in fat, one high in carbohydrates, and the standard laboratory mouse food. She then looked to see how the genes in the placentas of those pregnant mice responded.
"Different genes were turned on in response to whatever that maternal diet was," said Rosenthal. "So the placenta sensed what the nutrient content of that diet was, and in the females, it tended to respond by upregulating various genes."
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is requesting a hearing into "possible undisclosed evidence" regarding the conviction of death row inmate Reginald Clemons.
Koster sent a letter to Circuit Judge Michael Manners in Independence, who's been reviewing Clemons' case. The Attorney General cites the discovery of physical evidence, including a so-called "rape kit", from a medical exam performed on the body of Julie Kerry.
Springfield, Ill. – A former Macoupin County judge who was accused of making threats says her comments were misconstrued.
Judge Diane Brunton resigned more than a week ago. She had been suspended without pay since January. That's when Brunton says she made what she calls a "joke" out of frustration. While she would not provide specifics, Brunton called it an innocent comment.
St. Louis, MO – For the second time in three weeks, Interstate 70 will be shut down in both directions through north St. Louis this weekend.
Missouri Department of Transportation crews will knock down the Madison Street Bridge over the interstate. Traffic will be diverted through city streets until the highway is reopened in time for Monday morning's rush hour.