JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials will advise against swimming rather than close beaches at state parks when tests determine bacteria are high.
The changes come after Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation this month dealing with the Department of Natural Resources. The law took effect immediately.
Officials take samples each week at state park beaches during the recreation season. Beaches were closed when tests showed high E. coli. Now signs will be posted that state "Swimming is Not Recommended." A beach still can be closed when there is a documented health risk.
Supporters say the advisory better informs the public about actual water conditions and protects them without unduly alarming them. An environmental advocate says a sign does not prevent people from entering the water.
A fatal accident shut down Eastbound I-44 on Saturday.
A man driving a pickup truck ran into an empty police car that was parked there to divert traffic after an earlier accident. The truck ricocheted into a tractor trailer. The pickup then burst into flames.
The driver of the pickup truck died at the scene.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A steady stream of speakers at a Columbia Medicaid reform hearing urged a panel of citizens and Missouri lawmakers Saturday to not only reform but also expand the government-funded health care program.
The dozens of speakers included doctors, disability advocates, hospital executives and citizens who would become eligible for Medicaid under expansion envisioned by the federal Affordable Care Act.
The House Interim Committee on Citizens and Legislators Working Group on Medicaid Eligibility and Reform is one of three special committees created by state lawmakers after the Republican-led Legislature repeatedly rejected Medicaid expansion proposals in the 2013 session.
Committee chairman Noel Torpey of Independence and several other legislators on the 52-person panel emphasized that repairing what he called a "broken" Medicaid system is equally if not more important than broadening access.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri health officials say they've been notified of two cases of intestinal illness from cyclospora.
The state Department of Health and Senior Services said Friday the reports came from health providers in Jackson County and southwest Missouri's Taney County.
The agency is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine if Missouri's cases are linked to suspected outbreaks in several other states. The CDC says most of the reported illnesses occurred from mid-June to early July.
Missouri officials have not yet confirmed the source of the illnesses. Cyclospora infections are mostly found in tropical or subtropical countries and have been linked to imported fresh produce in past instances.
Health providers advise people with diarrhea, severe stomach cramps or nausea to seek medical attention.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — With the help of some Democrats, Missouri's Republican-led Legislature appears prepared to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of a high-profile bill that seeks to nullify federal gun-control laws in Missouri and make criminals out of federal agents who try to enforce them.
The Democratic governor contends the bill violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Several of his fellow Democrats told The Associated Press that they don't disagree, but they say a "no" vote on gun-control legislation in some parts of Missouri could be career ending.
The Republican-led Legislature is to meet in September to consider a veto override.
The gun bill originally passed with comfortable margins in the House and Senate.
A Schnucks security officer is responsible for finding a 12-year-old boy who ran away from home.
Trenell Griffin, who has autism and ADHD, was reported missing on Friday afternoon. His mother says he was found Friday night two or three miles from his Jennings home. The security officer said he recognized the boy's picture from the news.
The boy told his mother he did not know why he ran away from home.
A pre-teen boy is missing and Police need help to find him.
St. Louis County Police issued an endangered person advisory for Trenell Griffin. He has Autism and ADHD and his family told officers he is not taking his medication. Griffin wandered away from his home in Jennings. Griffin is 5’3”, weighs 100 pounds and has a light brown complexion. He has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, jeans and brown shoes.
If you see him, please contact St. Louis County Police at 314-889-2341.
The St. Fancois County Sheriff's Department has identified the remains found in a septic tank yesterday.
The remains were found just before noon on Thursday on unoccupied property outside of Bonne Terre. Investigators uses dental records to identify the remains as 38-year-old Samuel "Tick" Francis. Francis was last seen at a residence outside Desloge, Missouri on December 17, 2012.
He was reported missing December 23.
The new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge at St. Louis has passed a major milestone with the final piece of the deck in place.
Workers placed a 30,000-pound floor beam between edge girders on the Mississippi River crossing, the last remaining 10-foot gap on the bridge. MoDOT said it was the last piece of structural steel for the bridge, which is expected to open early next year. Remaining work includes finishing approaches on both sides of the river, and some work on the bridge itself.
The $670 million bridge is being built with a combination of federal money and funds from Missouri and Illinois.
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) - Authorities in Hannibal, Mo., are trying to determine who is responsible for burning an American flag that sits atop Lover's Leap, a high bluff that overlooks the Mississippi River and downtown.
The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that a tourist visiting Lover's Leap on Tuesday found the charred remains of the flag.
Hannibal Parks and Recreation director Andy Dorian says he was "disgusted" by the vandalism. Police Chief Lyndell Davis says little evidence was left behind, but he remains hopeful leads can be developed.
Hannibal is the boyhood home of Mark Twain. The northeast Missouri town of 17,000 draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
An nationwide email scam is popping up in Missouri.
The email claims that the recipient is owed millions in unclaimed property. The email typically comes from someone named Alex James and says that the money comes from a dead relative. The sender then asks for personal information to claim the prize.
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel reminds everyone that they can check for unclaimed property at showmemoney.com.