Jefferson City, MO – A new commission will look for ways to reduce medical errors in Missouri. The aim is to improve patient safety, which could also help lower doctors' medical malpractice insurance rates.
Gov. Bob Holden recently vetoed legislation that would have put new restrictions on medical malpractice cases, saying he didn't support limiting personal injury claims.
He calls the new commission a supplement, not a replacement, for any potential legislation.
Springfield, ILL. – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Attorney General plan to legally challenge President Bush's change in anti-pollution rules.
State EPA Director Renee Cipriano says the new rules would threaten air quality. The changes would make it easier for power plants and factories to make large upgrades without having to install anti-pollution technology.
A spokeswoman for Attorney General Lisa Madison calls the rules an assault on public health.
St. Louis, MO – The Post-Dispatch reports the St. Louis County Health Department Monday rejected Fred Weber's application to build a trash station in Oakville.
The plan had drawn vocal opposition from nearby residents and county officeholders. County Health Director Jacquelynn Meeks sent a letter to Fred Weber, Inc., listing reasons for rejecting the application.
St. Louis, MO – The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center will focus on developing new ways of producing ethanol, a corn-based product that shows promise as a long-term alternative to fossil fuels.
More than two billion gallons of ethanol are produced in the U.S. each year. Center director Rodney Bothast says projects performed at the new facility will help boost that figure to five billion within 10 years: