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Colin Jeffery

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West Nile virus is present in mosquitoes in St. Louis County. A delay in the results from the lab used by the health department caused a lag in reporting the positive results. Drew Hane, manager of operations for St. Louis Vector Control, says West Nile is appearing in mosquitoes sporadically across the county, but there are areas with higher concentrations.

"We are pretty heavy in the North County area; so Jennings, unicorporated Florissant, Dellwood, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Spanish Lake, those areas we are seeing quite a few traps come back with samples that are positive for West Nile virus", Hane says.

Hane urges residents in those areas to be especially vigilant in reducing exposure to mosquitoes. They are encouraged to eliminate standing water from property and use bug sprays that contain deet or picaradin. Vector Control does perform spraying in some areas of St. Louis County. More information on spray routes and the schedule can be found by calling 314-615-4BUG (4284) or by clicking here.

Mosquito populations are exploding compared to last year. Hane tells KTRS News that some of their mosquito traps have already captured as many bugs as they did through the end of August last year. The increase in mosquito population could lead to an increase in the number of human cases of West Nile. The first human cases of West Nile typically present in late July or early August.

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation that seeks to set up scholarships to help special-needs children get services from private facilities or other public schools.

The measure requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to seek grants and donations to be used for the scholarships. The measure, called "Bryce's Law," is named after the 6-year-old autistic grandson of the legislation's sponsor, House member Dwight Scharnhorst. Bryce died of epilepsy in 2007.

Initially, the proposal was for a voucher-like initiative that would offer state tax credits for charitable contributions to provide scholarships for children to attend private centers. The revised version was added to a broader education measure this year.

Nixon signed the legislation Thursday.

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's final tab has come in from a disastrous 2011 that included the Joplin tornado and widespread flooding. The costs are a lot less than what Gov. Jay Nixon originally anticipated.

Figures provided to The Associated Press by Nixon's budget office show that the state's share for the disasters is a little over $36 million.

That's merely a quarter of the $150 million that Nixon set aside for disaster aid in 2011.

Nixon's budget director, Linda Luebbering, says there was no dollar-for-dollar tracking of how the rest of the money was used. She says it simply got rolled into the general revenue pool for government operations and services.

Legislative budget leaders say Nixon's $150 million set-aside was an unnecessary budget manipulation.

 

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