Missouri is among 12 states cited in a new government survey with very high obesity rates.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released figures Monday showing that Missouri is among a dozen states with obesity rates of at least 30 percent. The CDC says 30.3 percent of Missourians are obese.
Overall, more than a third of adults are obese. The latest figures are based on a 2011 telephone survey that asked adults their height and weight. For the first time, households with only cell phones were included.
Both Spence and Democratic incumbent Jay Nixon spoke to Farm Bureau members from across the state at a forum in Jefferson City today. Spence told them that his business background will translate well in handling agricultural issues.
This afternoon group representing roughly 80 percent of American nuns, met in downtown St. Louis to release a statement refuting calls from the Vatican to implement reforms.
The group, called the Leadership Conference of Women Religious has come under criticism from Rome for endorsement of healthcare reform, as well as tacit support for a range of other issues from contraception and same-sex marriage, to women in the priesthood.
Will be updated further. Updated 5:06 p.m. with Associated Press story of Quinn's veto.
Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation that would have forced Illinois natural gas utilities to buy synthetic gas from a proposed plant on Chicago's South Side.
The governor vetoed the bill on Friday. It would have forced Nicor Gas and Ameren Corp. to buy synthetic natural gas from the Leucadia Corp. gasification plant for 30 years to help pay for its construction.
Affton High School English teacher Cathy Cartier can now add "Missouri Teacher of the Year" award recipient to her resume.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says Cartier came to teaching later in life, following a career in social work. She also then served as a substitute teacher in the school district where she now works.
"I know that when I build relationships with my students I can aim high," Cartier said. "They will always amaze me."
The U.S. Agriculture Department is predicting what could be the lowest average corn yield in more than 15 years as the worst drought in decades scorches major farm states.
Garry Niemeyer farms 1,200 acres of corn and 800 acres of soybeans near Auburn, Ill. He says he's "totally stunned" to have corn with green stalks and leaves after going through weeks of 105-degree temperatures.