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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - St. Charles County drivers pulled over at several recent safety checkpoints received something other than the usual verbal warnings, traffic citations or even drunk-driving tickets.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that government subcontractors working on behalf of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration instead asked motorists to voluntarily submit blood and saliva samples in exchange for cash. Two off-duty county sheriff's deputies in marked patrol cars initially flagged down the drivers.
 
The St. Charles County Sheriff's Department now says it will no longer participate in future surveys. Lt. Dave Tiefenbrunn acknowledges some motorists may have thought participation was mandatory, though no action was taken against drivers who refused to stop.
 
Impaired drivers were not arrested. Instead, survey takers were supposed to make sure such drivers got home safely.
 
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We should know later today what the EPA found following a new radiological survey of a Bridgeton landfill. 

The EPA flew airplanes over the landfill site and the adjacent West Lake Landfill which houses decades old nuclear waste material. The purpose of the flight was to identify surface areas that emit gamma radiation. 

Residents nearby are worried about an underground smoldering event beneath the Bridgeton Landfill reaching the nuclear waste under West Lake. 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Washington University survey of Missouri tanning salons has found that nearly two-thirds allow children as young as 10 or 12 to tan, and many provide misinformation about the dangers of tanning beds.

Dermatologists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis led the telephone survey in 2007. Results were published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Questioners posed as prospective clients. Operators at 65 percent of the salons said they would allow 10- or 12-year-olds to tan. Employees at 43 percent said there was no risk posed by indoor tanning.

American Suntanning Association executive director Tracie Cunningham questioned the survey methods and said many of the businesses in the six-year-old survey are no longer operating.
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