Diagram showing the anatomy of the prostate, a gland of the male reproductive system that produces fluid for semen. A recently released study found that the prostate cancer rate is unusually high in St. Louis County.
Spikes and dips in cancer rates are not uncommon in public health statistics, but explaining why they occur and deciding what to do about them can often be as difficult as treating the disease itself. St. Louis Public Radio's Joseph Leahy takes a look at St. Louis County where the prostate cancer rate is unusually high.
St. Louis County is considering changing farmers’ markets ordinances to make it easier for food venders to do business. Instead of a $35 permit which lasts two weeks, the new permits would last seven-months, and cost $75.
St. Louis County Health Department Director Dolores Gunn says the seven-month length – as opposed to a year – is intended to prevent abuses of the system.
Missouri companies exported $14.1 billion worth of goods and services last year, according to new data from the World Trade Center St. Louis and the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research.
That's a record level of exports, officials say - $500 million higher than the previous record, which was set in 2007. The state's biggest customers were Canada, Mexico and China, with China's consumption of goods like copper scrap, fan parts, and semiconductor devices growing another 18 percent in 2011.
In response to calls from residents during an actual tornado warning last month, St. Louis County officials have announced that they'll begin a series of re-tests of some of their new tornado sirens on Wednesday.
Any siren location where officials received multiple calls from residents claiming not to have heard the siren will be subject to the re-tests.
The re-tests will occur between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will be accompanied by "This is only a test" messages at the beginning and end of each activation.
Here's a strange, and painful-sounding, story out of Ellisville this morning for you:
A 53-year-old St. Louis County woman is hospitalized with critical injuries after being struck in the head by a deer.
Authorities say the woman was standing in a service station parking lot in Ellisville when two deer ran through the lot. One of them ran into the woman, knocking her to the ground. The animal then bounded into an insurance company window.
The woman is hospitalized in critical but stable condition. Her name has not been released.
The St. Louis County Public Works department is asking the County Council for permission to use more than $394,000 in unspent funds to make emergency repairs to the roof of the county jail.
Public works spokesman David Wrone says a hailstorm last spring punched pin-sized holes in the membrane of the roof. Resulting water leaks damaged mechanical and electrical equipment, as well as left some day rooms and cells on the 8th floor unusable.
St. Louis County goes on holiday recess with approved budget
The St. Louis County Council has approved a 2012 budget after a contentious season of fiscal wrangling with County Executive Charlie Dooley. Early this fall Dooley's county budget estimates convinced him to propose drastic cuts. Dooley drew sharp criticism for his proposal to shut down 23 county parks and lay off almost 200 county employees.
Motorola Solutions has been awarded a $75 million contract to design a radio system for first responders in St. Louis County.
The system will allow more than 150 police departments, fire departments, paramedics and other public safety agencies to communicate directly with each other by radio. Officials say their inability to do that makes it difficult to respond to disasters effectively.