The Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University is the recipient of two, multi-million dollar grants awarded by the National Cancer Institute. The grants total $26-million and will help establish the School of Medicine as a premier center for innovative leukemia research.
Doctors hope the research will lead to more personalized treatments for patients based on the unique makeup of their leukemia cells. They also hope to discover therapies that improve survival and reduce treatment-related side effects.
In addition, the grant funding will enable the Center to capitalize on research advances at the medical school in order to bring new investigational treatments into clinical trials.
A new museum dedicated to photography is now open in St. Louis. The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum is located at the Grand Center Arts District in the 3400 block of Olive. An open house with free admission and tours will be taking place until 9:00 tonight. The Photography Hall of Fame's permanent collection has over 6,000 cameras and photographic equipment spanning from the 1800's to modern day.
A Chesterfield supermarket is pulling its red grapes off the shelves after a local TV photographer spotted a black widow spider in a container of the fruit. KMOV photog Stan Kostecki purchased a container of red grapes from the Aldi store in Chesterfield on Wednesday. Aldi tells KMOV that they are conducting an investigation and offering refunds to those who purchased the grapes. Black widow spiders are native to Missouri, and although their bites are venomous, they are typically not lethal.
There's more fallout from a loaded handgun found inside a bathroom at the Missouri Capitol last month.
The aide to House Speaker Tim Jones who left that gun behind has resigned. The speaker's chief of staff, Tom Smith, confirmed Thursday that Dave Evans had resigned September 27.
Smith says he was satisfied with the corrective actions Evans agreed to after the incident but that Evans thought it was best for him to step down.
A 2011 Missouri law allows elected officials and their employees to carry concealed firearms inside the Capitol if they have permits.
An independent audit of St. Louis County operations shows Edward Mueth collected $3.4 million from the St. Louis County Health Department before killing himself last month.
Mueth shot himself the day before he was to meet with his bosses at the County Health Department to discuss invoicing irregularities regarding his company, Gateway Technical Solutions.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it's still not clear what goods and services Mueth's company actually delivered to the health department over a six year period.
The audit, delivered to the County Council Thursday, found that the county had approved equipment purchases and leases from Gateway Technical Solutions at prices that were well above retail.
The audit had been commissioned before Mueth's scam came to light. A police investigation into Mueth's financial dealings with the Health Department is ongoing.
Monarch firefighters are back in the pink after a compromise was reached over fundraiser tee shirts.
The district board had banned the Breast Cancer Awareness shirts over concerns that they didn't properly identify the firefighters as Monarch employees and objections to the union logo.
The board decided Tuesday that pink shirts would be okay, if they were redesigned.
That didn't happen. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that on Wednesday, Fire Chief Tom Vineyard and board president Robin Harris worked out a deal. The firefighters can wear the tee shirts with the union logo, but they must also wear an ID badge.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri regulators have approved an infrastructure surcharge for natural gas customers of Ameren Missouri.
The Public Service Commission says the surcharge will cost residential customers 75 cents per month.
Ameren Missouri sought the surcharge for infrastructure improvements it has made since the start of 2011. Its costs for replacing and relocating natural gas pipelines are not included in its rates.
St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri has about nearly 127,000 natural gas customers in Missouri.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A proposed solution to Illinois' historic $100 million pension crisis is hanging in the balance as the state Legislature's October veto session approaches.
Key Democrats on a pension panel are pushing a plan to save the state $138 billion over the next 30 years, but Republican lawmakers want a number of changes. House Speaker Michael Madigan hasn't yet committed to calling the proposal for a vote, either.
Senate President John Cullerton supports the deal and calls it "less unconstitutional" than a previous plan that would have saved $163 billion.
Illinois' five public-employee retirement funds have an unfunded liability of about $100 billion. The annual contribution to the fund, plus payments on past pension bonds, is about $7.65 billion this year. That number will increase in years to come without action.
FERNLEY, Nev. (AP) - The victim of a fatal car fire in a Fernley motel parking lot has been identified as a 62-year-old Missouri woman.
Lyon County Sheriff's Lt. J.L. Pattison said Thursday dental records confirmed the identity of Greiss Ghobrial of Wildwood, Mo. He said the cause of death remains under investigation but no foul play is suspected.
Her body was found in a burned out car by emergency crews responding to a report of a fire late Tuesday night at the Comfort Suites off U.S. Interstate 80 about 30 miles east of Reno.
Firefighters said they found her inside the car after they extinguished the blaze.
A suspect is in custody after a bomb scare in Shiloh, Illinois Thursday afternoon.
FBI officials say they learned of a bomb threat about 2:00 p.m.
Special Agents and Bomb Technicians from the FBI, the Illinois State Police Hazardous Device Unit and the Shiloh Police responded to a home in the first block of Twin Oaks Drive.
Several nearby homes were evacuated while bomb technicians used a robotic device to locate, identify, and disarm potential explosive devices inside the home.
The suspect's identity hasn't been released. The FBI continues to investigate.