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.
Parents listen up, there is a massive recall for one type of infant toy.
Kids II is recalling 400,000 Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers. The company has received reports of 61 injuries caused by the toy, including one 7-month-old child suffering a skull fracture.
The recalled products are the jumpers with model number 90564. The model number can be found on the tag attached to the underside seat.
The following date codes, are included in the recall: OD0, OE0, OF0, OG0, OH0, OI0, OJ0, OK0, OL0, OA1, OB1, OC1, OD1, OE1, OF1, OG1, OH1, OI1, OJ1 and OK1.
Consumers are urged to stop using the product and contact Kids II for a replacement toy attachment.
Kids II toll-free at (877) 325-7056 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online here.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri will pay a southern California search firm $100,000 to guide the hiring process for the next chancellor of its Columbia campus.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates of suburban Los Angeles will screen prospective candidates to succeed Chancellor Brady Deaton, who is retiring in November. His replacement will be chosen by the university's Board of Curators and system President Tim Wolfe.
The California company's recent work includes the chancellor search at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and presidential searches at Carnegie Mellon and California State University, Los Angeles.
As with its recent presidential searches, Missouri won't disclose the names of finalists. Wolfe has set two meetings this week to solicit comments on desired qualifications for the next MU chancellor.
A major milestone on construction of the New Mississippi River Bridge is set to take place this week.
MoDOT announced that the gap between the two sides will be closed. This final pieces of steel will be moved into place on Thursday and Friday, weather permitting. The public can view the work from the pumphouse alongside the river, near the Mullanphy entrance to the river wall.
It wasn't exactly a "beauty" pageant but local environmentalists say that was the idea as they held a mock pageant of their own. They gathered along the St Louis riverfront at Poplar Street and S. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd to name what they consider the most dangerous toxic water polluters in St. Louis.
Members of the Sierra Club from St. Louis, Franklin and Jefferson counties held a “Miss and Mr. Toxic Water Pollution” pageant. Residents dressed in hazmat suits represented Ameren’s coal-fired power plants in the St. Louis metro area. They are trying to get the EPA's attention about what they say is the dumping of arsenic, lead, boron and selenium from Ameren Missouri’s Meramec, Sioux, Rush Island and Labadie coal-fired power plants into Missouri waterways.
The groups, Sierra Club Beyond Coal and Sierra Club Missouri say they want stronger federal standards limiting toxic water pollution from coal-fired power plants. The mock pageant coincides with a new national report released by a coalition of environmental and clean water groups, including the Sierra Club. The report reviewed nearly 400 coal plant water permits across the country and its findings highlight the need for strong national coal plant water pollution standards.
The environmental groups claim existing guidelines written to limit toxics discharged from coal plants do not cover many of the worst pollutants such as those discharged in the Mississippi, Missouri and Meramec Rivers, and have not been updated in more than 30 years.
In April 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first ever national standards for toxics dumped into waterways from coal plants.
Tickets go on sale today for the 111th Missouri State Fair. The theme for this year's fair is "Chicks Dig It!", and it will be held August 8-18 in Sedalia, Missouri. The new Jumbo Passes are being sold exclusively at Walgreens stores though August 7. Prices are $45 per ticket, and those are good for four consecutive days of gate admissions and unlimited rides August 12-15. Single day ride tickets are $18.95. Full list of prices and events:
Aug. 8, $2 gate admission all day for ages 6 and older.
Aug. 11, free gate admission for active military, veterans and delayed recruits with appropriate I.D. and $1 gate admission for immediate family members.
Aug. 11-15, $5 gate admission after 5 p.m.
Aug. 15, free gate admission for women of all ages.
Aug. 18, $4 gate admission for ages 13 and older and $1 gate admission for ages 6-12.
Aug. 18, free gate admission for municipal, county and state law enforcement, Missouri firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics with appropriate I.D. and $1 gate admission for immediate family members.
Aug. 18, $15, or half price, carnival ride wristbands will be available at carnival ride ticket booths located on the midway.
The Illinois Department of Transportation says about $1.45 billion in contracts have been awarded so far for high-speed rail construction.
Work on the project is in its fourth season, and most of the current construction focuses on sidings and design of an automated control system. Officials hope to have the high-speed rail service between St. Louis and Chicago up and running in 2015.
A Collinsville man who dresses up as an evil clown and plays in a band called "The Core of Your Nightmares" has been charged with producing child pornography. 31-year-old Martin Evanick pleaded guilty on Monday to taking inappropriate pictures and having a sexual relationship with a minor. The investigation started after the mother of a 16-year-old girl tipped off police about the relationship. According to the federal indictment, the alleged abuse took place over a two-year period. Evanick faces up to 30 years in prison.
A Shiloh, Illnois man has been jailed after being accused of causing injuries that sent his 4-month-old son to the hospital. Prosecutors have charged Randall Penn with five counts of aggravated battery to a child and two counts of aggravated domestic battery. The infant's injuries aren't considered life-threatening.