Mo. officials revise number of E. coli cases in St. Louis
The number of E. coli cases in the St. Louis area is now at 24, as Missouri health officials continue looking for the source. The state Department of Health and Senior Services reported Thursday it had confirmed two more cases but also ruled out four cases previously thought to have been connected to the St. Louis outbreak.
State and federal officials held a meeting in Alton Thursday on plans to upgrade train tracks between St. Louis and Chicago to allow for high-speed service.
Work is already underway to improve tracks and road crossings in Illinois to allow for higher-speed trains three times per day. But Mike Garcia with the Illinois Department of Transportation says officials want to be able offer more service through their partner, Amtrak.
A former detective with the Lincoln County sheriff's office has been accused in a federal indictment of violating the rights of five women he was tracking as part of their participation in a drug court program.
The United States Attorney's office announced the charges against 49-year-old Scott Edwards on Thursday. He faces three federal felonies and two misdemeanors, including:
The new procedure – called transcatheter aortic valve replacement – involves replacing the aortic valve which connects the left ventricle (B) to the aorta (A). You can see a video of this in the story below.
Scott Air Force Base plans to cut more than 300 jobs as part of an Air Force restructuring plan and could get rid of more positions.
Base spokeswoman Karen Petitt said 321 jobs will be cut. Of those 122 are vacant. The base about 25 miles east of St. Louis has 5,085 civilian jobs so the cuts represent 6.3 percent of its civilian positions.
The Air Force is cutting about 9,000 jobs around the country to save money and restructure civilian operations.
Updated 4:50 p.m. with comments from Nixon, company and union officials, and employees.
The General Motors plant in Wentzville, Mo. got some welcome news this morning.
A $380 million investment in the plant, negotiated into the latest contract between GM and the United Auto Workers, means the Chevrolet Colorado will be built at the St. Charles County plant beginning some time next year.
It will include a bill requiring that voter-approved laws cannot be overturned by a simple majority vote by lawmakers.
Take, for example, the state minimum wage hike, which 76 percent of Missouri voters approved five years ago. Schoeller says under his bill, that law could only be overturned if more than 76 percent of House and Senate members voted to do so.
Three of the four Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) unions in a contract dispute with the administration have reached a tentative agreement, avoiding a strike among non-tenure track faculty, civil service staff and graduate assistants. But one group walked off the job this morning.
Talks toward a new contract broke down last night.
A new city animal shelter on the north side, a full-time veterinarian and vet techs to staff it, and more animal control officers are all on the wish list for the city of St. Louis in the second phase of its new animal control strategy.