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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is facing a shortage of primary care doctors, and the strain could grow as more people soon gain health insurance under the federal health care law.
The state had a little less than 74 active patient care primary care doctors per 100,000 residents according to 2010 figures from the Association of American Medical Colleges. That ranked Missouri 35th and put it behind the national per capita average of more than 79 active primary care doctors.
The challenge of access to primary care doctors could grow as the federal health care law is fully implemented January 1st.
The law will require most Americans to obtain health insurance and provide subsidies to some. The Missouri Foundation for Health estimated that an additional roughly 350,000 Missourians could end up with insurance.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An accident has claimed the life of a worker inside the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company in north St. Louis.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that 42-year-old Mensud Djelmo was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the worker became trapped Friday night in a packing unit machine. Another worker found him while returning from his break and called police. The investigation is ongoing.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson wants to add drones to his crime-fighting arsenal.
The Post-Dispatch reports that Dotson wrote a letter this spring to the Federal Aviation Administration making the case for unmanned aerial vehicles. He says that it's crucial to look at new technologies to keep officers and the public safe and to apprehend criminals.
The letter was a preliminary step toward seeking approval for unmanned — and unarmed — flight.
The assent of Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce is required, and she also wrote to the FAA to offer "enthusiastic support."
Dotson says he would seek donations and grants to pay for the drones. They cost from $60,000 to $300,000 each. While pricey, they're still cheaper and safer than helicopters.
Privacy advocates have raised concerns.