Philip Morris USA and other major tobacco companies won a favorable verdict Friday in a lawsuit filed by 37 Missouri hospitals seeking more than $455 million for treating sick smokers.
Philip Morris USA was one of six tobacco companies involved in the lawsuit.
The hospitals had claimed cigarette companies delivered an "unreasonably dangerous" product and were seeking reimbursement back to 1993 for treating patients who had no insurance and did not pay their bills.
Mo. National Guardsman Terry Watson surveys an area of the Black River that has been sandbagged in Butler County, Mo. on April 26, 2011. A ruling about breaking a levee in another flooded area, Birds Point in Mississippi County, Mo., has been decided.
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Fed. judge gives corps OK to break Missouri levee
A federal judge is giving the go-ahead to the Army Corps of Engineers' plan to intentionally break a Mississippi River levee in southeastern Missouri.
The break could happen as early as this weekend to spare a flood-threatened Illinois town just upriver. Friday's ruling in Cape Girardeau turns back Missouri's bid to block the corps from blasting a hole in the Birds Point levee in Mississippi County, just south of Cairo, Ill.
Resident Ron Henderson walks away from his home, totally destroyed, three days after a tornado devastated this area of Bridgeton, Missouri on April 25, 2011. Teams from FEMA are now in the St. Louis area to assess damage from last week's tornadoes.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are on the ground in St. Louis to assess the damage from last week's tornadoes. Their findings will be part of Missouri's request for Federal assistance.
FEMA investigators are gathering data on a variety of factors-including the number of displaced people, effects on the local economy, and how much property was uninsured.
Josh DeBerg is a spokesperson for FEMA. He says the main criteria for federal aid boils down to a question of resources.
Three new charter schools will open to St. Louis City residents in August.
Jamaa Learning Center will serve kindergarten through eighth grade, Preclarus Mastery Academy will enroll grades 5-to-12 and South City Prep for grades 5-to-12 will offer a year-round academic calendar.
Mayor Francis Slay announced the new charter schools this morning and said education is the number one issue in the City of St. Louis.
Members of the St. Louis Cardinals take refuge from the rain and hail that pounded the St. Louis area Tuesday night, causing damage and power outages and delaying the start of the game against the Washington Nationals.
The threat of severe weather has moved south and east of the St. Louis Public Radio listening area, though flood warnings remain in effect along many of the area rivers. The National Weather Service is also warning of possible flash flooding, and has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory until 1 a.m.
Peabody Energy Corp. says its profit rose in the first quarter due to higher prices for Australian coal used in steelmaking and increased demand in the U.S.
The world's biggest private-sector coal company says its net income attributable to common shareholders was $176.5 million, or 65 cents per share, in the January-March period. That's up from $133.7 million, or 50 cents, a year earlier.
St. Louis-based Peabody says first-quarter revenue rose 15 percent to $1.74 billion from $1.51 billion the previous year.
The Third Annual Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday begins today and runs through April 25. Those wishing to purchase new Energy Star-qualified appliances in Missouri during the holiday will save at least 4.225 percent off the purchase, representing the elimination of the state's sales tax from the purchase, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue.
Motorists traveling around downtown St. Louis will see traffic backups and delays this weekend as the Missouri Department of Transportation is packing a laundry list of repairs into one, two-day stretch.
MoDOT is making a variety of lane and ramp repairs starting at Grand Boulevard and stretching to the Poplar Street Bridge.
The repairs come during the same weekend that 25,000 runners will be coming downtown for the GO! St. Louis Marathon.