Columbia, MO – Three people injured by a hydrogen gas explosion at a University of Missouri biochemistry lab have been released from a Columbia hospital. The university said a fourth person is in good condition.
The blast Monday afternoon blew several windows out of a lab building. Initial reports said a hydrogen tank exploded, but that turned out not to be true.
The Columbia Fire Department said too much hydrogen built up in an anaerobic hood - a device used to study bacteria that cannot survive in oxygen.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A St. Louis County lawmaker wants the Missouri House and Senate to pass legislation to reduce taxes on business owners during the special session currently underway.
State Representative John Diehl (R, Town and Country) has filed a proposed constitutional amendment that would place restrictions on the merchants and manufacturer's replacement tax. It's paid by owners of commercial property.
St. Louis, MO – A Missouri Congressman is asking the state's attorney general to launch an investigation into a traveling exhibition.
"BODIES...The Exhibition" is set to come to the St. Louis Galleria this fall. The art exhibit displays cadavers, some of which may have come from Chinese prisons.
Republican Congressman Todd Akin sent a letter asking Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate. Akin has questioned whether the bodies used may be those of executed Chinese political prisoners.