St. Louis County

Developing: St. Louis-area E. coli outbreak
2:48 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

E. coli outbreak strikes St. Louis area

Low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria, magnified 10,000 times. Each individual bacterium is oblong shaped.
(Via Wikimedia Commons/Eric Erbe, digital colorization by Christopher Pooley, both of USDA, ARS, EMU)

Updated October 28, 1:50 p.m. to update information related to St. Louis City. Updated October 28, 12:30 p.m. to add information about the U.S. CDC team.

An E. coli outbreak has sickened at least 21 people in the St. Louis area.

Confirmed cases include 16 in St. Louis County, two in St. Charles County, two in Jefferson County, and one in St. Clair County in Illinois. The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services is investigating three suspected cases in St. Louis City. At least nine people in St. Louis County have been hospitalized.

The director of the Saint Louis County Department of Health, Dr. Delores Gunn, confirms that the toxic strain of E. coli is being spread through contaminated food, but says her department is still investigating its origin.

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County to test sirens this week
4:47 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

St. Louis County to test sirens (again) this week

St. Louis County will test some of its new warning sirens this week. Pictured is a warning siren in Kansas.
(via Wikimedia Commons/FEMA Photo Library)

You may hear tornado sirens in St. Louis County again this week. But it won’t be because of bad weather.

The county sounded the new sirens two weeks ago, on Labor Day, and said the new omni-directional, solar-powered system worked largely as hoped. But spokesman David Wrone said they received reports that residents couldn’t hear 14 of the sirens. That doesn’t necessarily mean the sirens aren’t working.

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Developing: River City Casino expansion
11:02 am
Mon September 12, 2011

River City Casino to expand with $82 million project

An artist's rendering of the River City Casino in Lemay. Pinnacle Entertainment has announced a $82 million expansion at the 18-month-old facility.
(via Wikimedia Commons/RamblingGambler)

Will be updated

The region's newest casino is barely 18 months old, but plans are already under way for its expansion.

Pinnacle Entertainment announced today that it plans to add a 200-room hotel and 10,000-square foot event center at the River City Casino in south St. Louis County. The $82 million project also  includes a parking garage with 1,700 spaces.

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West Nile Virus
8:59 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Wellston boy is St. Louis County's first case of West Nile

(via Flickr/wild_turkey5300)

Despite cooler weather over the past several days, it's still mosquito season, and that means there's the potential for West Nile Virus cases.

The St. Louis County Department of Health has reported its first suspected human case. A 12-year-old boy from Wellston was briefly hospitalized with West Nile symptoms, though the department says he has returned to normal activities.

The county says there was one human case last year.

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Morning round-up
9:36 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Mo. special legislative session begins Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Flickr/jimbowen0306

Mo. legislative session begins today

Missouri’s special legislative session begins today and is focused primarily on an overhaul of Missouri’s tax credits. The plan would eliminate existing tax breaks for low-income seniors and disabled residents who live in rented homes. New incentives would be created for international cargo shippers at the St. Louis airport, computerized data centers, science and technology companies and the organizers of major amateur sporting events.

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Crime / Corruption
2:11 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Former St. Louis-area police officer facing corruption charges

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

A former suburban St. Louis police officer is facing felony charges for allegedly stopping a female drunk-driving suspect, then agreeing not to arrest her in exchange for sex.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 48-year-old Timothy Jones of Troy is charged with acceding to corruption by a public servant. He was formerly an officer for Country Club Hills in St. Louis County.

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Heat-Related Deaths
4:37 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

Fifth heat-related death reported in St. Louis County

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The heat wave is being blamed in the death of an 80-year-old St. Louis County woman.

The county health department says the woman was found Aug. 2 in her Brentwood home. A window air conditioner was not working and all the windows and doors were closed. Authorities say the temperature inside the home was 96 degrees.

It is at least the fifth heat-related death in St. Louis County this year.

 

Missouri Senate Redistricting
5:32 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Commission on Mo. Senate redistricting facing deadline next week

The Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The commission to redraw State Senate district boundaries in Missouri has given itself one more week to agree on a new map, or else it will hand over the responsibility to a panel of state judges.

The biggest dispute remaining is over how to redraw St. Louis County’s State Senate districts, according to commission chair Doug Harpool.

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Heat-Related Deaths
4:34 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Fourth suspected heat-related death of the year reported in St. Louis County

Another apparent heat-related death has been reported in St. Louis County, bringing the total in that area to four this year.

The St. Louis County Medical Examiner said a 73-year-old woman is the latest person in the County thought to have succumbed to the heat.

The woman, who lived on Wayside Dr. in Ferguson, was found July 28, but may have been dead for as long as two weeks, according to the medical examiner's office.

Air conditioning was off and the windows shut in the home where the woman was found.

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