Prosecutors in Jefferson County filed criminal charges against the owners of a dog kennel in Fenton Friday morning.
Karen and Francis Wilson now face six counts of animal abuse. State agriculture and Missouri Humane Society officials raided the Guys-N-Dolls kennel last month, citing the poor conditions in which the dogs were living.
St. Louis, MO – Missouri's top two elected officials say they want to protect senior citizens by strengthening nursing home laws. In light of widespread reports of abuse and neglect, Governor Bob Holden and Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell are proposing legislation to enact sweeping reforms of the nursing home industry. The proposed bill would hold CEO's accountable for poor performance and assist prosecutors in bringing neglect cases to trial. Maxwell says it would also keep reckless care providers from practicing in Missouri.
Chicago, IL – Outgoing Southern Illinois Congressman David Phelps hopes the new Governor has a job for him. The Democrat lost his bid to stay in Congress in last month's election to Collinsville Republican John Shimkus. But Rod Blagojevich's election as Governor could mean a state appointment for Phelps, who says he's been talking to the incoming Governor's transition team since the election.
Blagojevich and Phelps have served together in both the Illinois House and in Congress.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has signed into law a measure that bans the incineration of medical waste in the city.
The law requires such waste to be treated through other technologies whenever possible. Slay signed the legislation at a St. Louis elementary school near an incinerator owned by Chicago-based Stericycle, Inc.
St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Conference of Mayors is calling on the federal government to help with rising hunger and homelessness in the country. The group released a report today that showed a dramatic increase in demand. The conference polled 25 cities including St. Louis where demand is up by 15-percent for emergency food.