St. Louis – President Obama rallied supporters at St. Charles high school on Wednesday, continuing his campaign to overhaul health care.
Speaking to a cheering crowd packed into a small, stuffy gymnasium, President Obama said the time for debate is over, and called on Congress to act now to pass health care legislation. The president described the status quo as unsustainable, saying that if Congress fails to act, insurance companies will continue to increase premiums.
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.