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9:28 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, September 2, 2011

St. Louis County to test new warning system on Mon.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the county will test the new $7 million warning siren system at 11 a.m. Monday. The county's emergency operations center will monitor closely to make sure the 180 speakers work properly.

Spokesman David Wrone says the system should cover nearly 100 percent of county residents. Before the upgrade, parts of southern and western St. Louis County lacked coverage from the system originally installed in the 1960s.

SLU to participate in flu vaccine study

Researchers at Saint Louis University are studying two flu vaccines to see if nursing mothers pass immunity to influenza to their babies.  The university says the research is important because young infants are most prone to flu but cannot get a vaccine until they're six months old.  

Researchers will compare Fluzone, a flu shot, and FluMist, a nasal spray.

The trial is also being conducted at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Emory Children's Center in Atlanta, Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, and Group Health Research Institute in Seattle.

All told, 240 healthy, breastfeeding mothers will participate, including about 50 in St. Louis. The research is supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Nixon to consider three candidates for Mo. high court

A special commission that nominates candidates for the Missouri Supreme Court has given Gov. Jay Nixon the choice of an attorney, a trial judge or an appeals court judge to fill a vacancy. The three finalists announced Thursday for the state's highest court are Jackson County Circuit Judge Michael Manners, Eastern District Court of Appeals Judge George Draper III and St. Louis attorney Joe Jacobson.

Nixon now has 60 days to decide whether to appoint one of them to succeed Judge Michael Wolff, who resigned from the Supreme Court in August.

Under the Missouri Constitution, the Appellate Judicial Commission was responsible for screening the 13 applicants and recommending three finalists. This marked the first time that applicants for the Supreme Court were interviewed in public sessions.