The manufacturer of the Plan B One Step morning-after contraceptive has been granted exclusive rights by the FDA to market their drug over-the-counter without age restrictions. The decision was released earlier this week.
The Food and Drug Administration approved Teva Pharmaceuticals' Plan B One Step for over the counter sale...no prescription or proof of age required. In its decision, the FDA granted a three year period during which Teva can sell its' single tablet product exclusively on pharmacy shelves, while generic drugs will still require a prescription for young women 16 and younger.
Most metro St. Louis pharmacies carry Teva's Plan B, which is a two-pill dosage and some already have the Plan B One Step in the pharmacy. The FDA decision will now move that product on to the store shelves.
The St. Louis County Library is looking for new leadership after the library director resigned without warning.
Many library staffers were stunned to learn by email Tuesday that St. Louis County Library Director Charles Pace had resigned. The email from the president of the library board of trustees, Lynn Beckwith Junior, didn't say why Pace had stepped down.
Pace has been at the helm of the 20 branch library system for the past seven years. He's credited with helping to persuade voters to approve the library's first tax-rate increase in almost 30 years. But he was also fined by the Missouri Ethics Commission in March for failing to put the library's name on some materials promoting the tax increase.
Beckwith's email indicated that Pace's resignation is retroactive to July 12.
Business owners in Grafton, Illinois expect the tourist trade to pick up after this Friday. That's when the Grafton Ferry will start running again after being closed for the past three years. The ferry spans the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers between Missouri and Illinois.
The city of Grafton bought the landings and spent $200,000 dredging the river to remove silt buildup. The city is working on a federal grant to help cover the cost of maintaining the channel.
The 12 minute ferry ride from St. Charles to Grafton will cost $8 one way, $15 round trip. The ferry will operate from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The city will celebrate the reopening with a public ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Friday morning at the Grafton launch.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois has awarded contracts for computer upgrades intended to screen out people prohibited from carrying concealed weapons under the state's new gun legislation.
The Springfield Journal-Register reports on two contracts totaling more than $350,000. The Illinois State Police is contracting with a division of Levi, Ray & Shoup of Springfield to automate the entry of names into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
The Department of Human Services is contracting with Levi, Ray & Shoup for help dealing with the new law's mental health reporting requirements.
The law gives the Illinois six months to create an application system and another three months to approve applications.
Earlier this month, Illinois became the last state in the nation to make it legal for people to carry concealed weapons in public.
A possible serial bank robber may be targeting banks inside area grocery stores.
Richmond Heights Police say a man held up the US Bank inside the Schnucks Store on Clayton Road about 6:30 Tuesday evening. Police said the suspect showed the teller a threatening note demanding money and walked out of the store with an unknown amount of cash.
The suspect is described as a white man, 5'6" to 6' with a thin build.
Police believe the man may also be responsible for robbing the First Bank inside a Brentwood Dierberg's on Saturday.
Some Crestwood residents say city leaders are dragging their feet on a plan to redevelop the shuttered Crestwood Plaza. Dozens of people marched from the old mall to City Hall Tuesday to express their concern.
Developer Centrum Properties wants to turn the site into an entertainment center with a movie theater, bowling alley, restaurants and retail stores. But their plan calls for $22 million in taxpayer subsidies -- a figure Crestwood Mayor Jeff Schlink says he and many aldermen are not "comfortable" with.
"If we're going to grant and issue those tax breaks for them," Schlink said, "they're going to have to be done on terms that we feel are reasonable for the city."
Centrum officials say if they can't work things out, they may have to sell the land one parcel at a time.
Charges are filed connected to a shooting that happened yesterday in Webster Groves.
Tyaaron Harris is accused of shooting and killing Laron Taylor in the parking lot of a housing unit in the afternoon. Taylor was in critical condition, but died later at the hospital. Harris is held on a $100,000 bond as he awaits trial for charges of second-degree murder.
Police are still working on an open robbery case from earlier this month.
Authorities are now asking for help to ID the suspect after he was found on surveillance tape. The incident happened on July 13 in South St. Louis. A group of four men say they were robbed by two other men. The suspect's made off with cell phones and wallets. Police say that one of the suspects was captured by a surveillance camera at an area gas station.
Anyone with information regarding the identity or location of the suspect is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Federal health investigators have confirmed that ticks carry a new virus that sickened two Missouri men.
Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suspected ticks were a likely source of the Heartland virus, which was named for the St. Joseph hospital where the men were treated in 2009.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a new study authored by CDC scientist Harry Savage says samples from ticks at the patients' farms and a nearby conservation area have tested positive for the Heartland virus. The study was published Monday in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
There are no treatments for Heartland virus, which causes low white blood cell counts, fever, chills, diarrhea and other symptoms. Both patients recovered after nearly two weeks in the hospital.
WILDWOOD, Mo. (AP) - The St. Louis County town of Wildwood has given first-round approval to an ordinance requiring decontamination of properties where methamphetamine labs have been found.
Half of the states in the U.S. have passed laws requiring cleanup from meth labs, but not Missouri, even though the state has ranked No. 1 in meth lab seizures every year but one over the past decade.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Wildwood and at least two other St. Louis-area towns - Festus and Crestwood - have passed their own cleanup ordinances. Jefferson County also has a decontamination law.
The Wildwood proposal will become law if approved at a second reading.