Health care leaders and some members of Congress say developing a public healthcare program could provide medical care for the U.S.'s 47 million uninsured residents. The officials discussed that and other health care concerns, like high costs and a lack of primary care doctors, at a forum at Christian Hospital in St. Louis Friday.
St. Louis, MO – Vice President Joe Biden has ordered the Secretaries of Education and the Treasury to find ways to help families who don't have time to replenish college savings accounts called 529s before their children need to use the money to pay for higher education.
Biden issued the order Friday during an appearance at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, part of an effort to highlight the Obama administration's plans to make college more affordable.
Chicago – Rod Blagojevich's former chief of staff, campaign finance chairman and a millionaire lobbyist are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges related to the racketeering and fraud case against the ousted Illinois governor.
Attorneys have said Blagojevich co-defendant John Harris is cooperating in the investigation. Harris is charged with wire fraud.
Blagojevich fundraisers Christopher Kelly and William Cellini Sr., face charges of fraud and extortion.
Doctors at the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis are using a new screening program to detect pancreatic cancer in people at high risk of the getting the disease. They say the program is the first of its kind in the Midwest to screen patients using both an ultrasound and an MRI.
Dayna Early is one of the program's gastroenterologists. She says using both tests will help doctors find the cancer in its earliest stages.
Chicago, IL – The owner of the Galleria Mall in St. Louis has filed for bankruptcy.
General Growth Properties is assuring customers that its more than 200 malls in 44 states will operate normally while it works through its financial problems. Five of those shopping centers are in Missouri - including the Galleria -- and seven are in Illinois.
Tom Nolan, president and chief operating officer of the company, says the bankruptcy filing will not affect day to day business at General Growth's malls.