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Researchers are looking for environmental, lifestyle, and genetic causes of cancer and they plan on using the information gathered to find ways to prevent and ultimately cure the disease. "Currently, there are no other studies of this magnitude in the US that enable researchers to look at various racial and ethnic populations and cancer risks," stated Mike Dany, Executive Vice President for the American Cancer Society.
Some of St. Louis' top employers are now teaming up with the American Cancer Society to help recruit local participants. UMB, Centene, Edward Jones, KPMG, Maritz and Monsanto will be encouraging all of their employees to enroll. Dr. Jeff Michalski, a radiation oncologist at Washington University says St. Louis is a perfect place to draw upon study participants.
"St. Louis is a very diverse community," said Michalski. "And to translate the discoveries that this cancer study will have to a broad community, the population enrolled has to reflect the population as a whole."
The American Cancer Society's goal is to sign up 1,000 people from the St. Louis area between the ages of 30 and 65. Participants will be asked to submit blood and then fill out periodic surveys every few years. Enrollment starts April 23. To sign up for the study you can go to cancerstudymo.org or call 888-604-5888.
The shelter provides a place for homeless men, women, and children to get protection from the cold when other shelters are full. There are 75 beds in the shelter, but the city has a policy of not turning any in need away.
This will be the sixth time the shelter is open this winter season.
The union for Boeing's engineers and technical workers is counting ballots on the company's latest contract offer. It has recommended that members reject the offer because it gives new members a 401(k) retirement plan instead of a pension.
The union also wants authority to call a strike if talks break down.
The accident happened just before 7 AM, the crash report says the van was upside down and submerged in a creek. When the officer arrived, he pulled the young child and mother from the van.
Investigators are trying to determine what caused the car to leave the road.
HOLTS SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) - A central Missouri animal shelter is working to find room for more than 40 cats that lived at a home.
Holts Summit police and animal rescue volunteers began removing the animals from the home Monday morning and will continue to take more animals to the shelter Tuesday.
The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports the department began investigating the home after complaints from neighbors last year.
Officer Marc Haycook said the department tried to work with the homeowners to reduce the number of animals in the house but nothing was accomplished.
The local shelter will house the cats until they are ready for adoption.
The homeowners are scheduled to appear in Holts Summit Municipal Court Wednesday.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A new cancer center at a Columbia hospital will be named for former Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart and his wife, Virginia.
Boone Hospital Center officials announced Monday that construction of the Virginia and Norman Stewart Cancer Center is expected to begin this year.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the $7.2 million center will include 32 private patient rooms. It is expected to be ready for patients by March 2014.
The Stewarts have been active in raising awareness and money for cancer prevention.
Stewart, who battled colon cancer in the 1989-90, established the "Coaches vs. Cancer" program, which has grown to a national program that has raised about $87 million for cancer research and education.
Stewart was Missouri coach from 1967 to 1999, winning 634 games.
WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) - More than 1,300 Missouri students are expected to participate in the state archery contest March 23 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri are coordinating the contest.
Students who shoot a qualifying score will compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program world championships June 28-30 in St. Louis.
The program provides archery programs to fourth-through-12th grade students. The organization says more than 58,000 Missouri students from 266 schools participate.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee is considering legislation that would eliminate a time limit for prosecuting cases that involve sexual offenses against children or teenagers.
Currently, prosecutions must start within 30 years after the victim turns 18. It does not apply to cases of forcible rape or forcible sodomy, attempted forcible rape or attempted forcible sodomy and kidnapping.
A House public safety committee considered a proposal Monday that would repeal the time requirement for sexual offenses that involve someone age 18 or younger. The legislation also would allow child abuse cases to be prosecuted at any time.
In January, a state task force focused on preventing child sex abuse recommended eliminating the statute of limitations for first-degree statutory rape and first-degree statutory sodomy.
The case dates back to 2007, when Monsanto sued an Indiana farmer for planting the progeny of the patented beans. Monsanto won in U.S. District Court, and in the U.S. Court of Appeals. But that farmer, 75 year old Vernon Hugh Bowman has appealed to the high court.
Court watchers say this case has implications beyond genetically modified seeds, extending to other new technologies.
Briefs from Monsanto supporters, like the University of Missouri and Microsoft argue that a decision against Monsanto would have a chilling effect on innovation. Bowman's supporters argue that that would extend patent claims to an unreasonable length.
Mayor Paul has been at odds with several City Council members over a Walmart TIF project that he had opposed. Discussion over the TIF has led to several contentious council meetings, including the meeting in which Paul had tried to have a disruptive resident removed.
Last night's commission meeting wasn't without it's own drama. At one point, Mayor Paul's attorney, Lynette Petruska was removed from the meeting for allegedly disruptive behavior.
Still, the three-member commission sided with Paul. But it might not end there. The City Council could still vote to pursue the matter at Wednesday's meeting.