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   Six people, including four children are being treated for injuries at a Jefferson County hospital after a school bus accident west of Herculanium.  

   The Missouri Highway Patrol reports the accident happened on Highway Z at Persimmon Point.  Police say its not yet known what caused the bus to roll off the road and into a ditch.

   The bus driver, an aide and four students were taken to Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Festus with what police are calling minor injuries.  

   The bus had been transporting children home from the Maperville State School.  The school serves severely disabled children.

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   HERCULANEUM, Mo. (AP) - For more than two centuries, the Mississippi River town of Herculaneum has been tied inseparably to lead. The heavy, dull-gray metal has long been mined in southern Missouri.
   But the end of the long tradition is in sight for the small community about 25 miles south of St. Louis. The company that runs the smelter, Doe Run Company, has decided to cease most operations at the end of the year, citing rising regulatory costs.
   Lead has been both kind and cruel to Herculaneum. It has given the town an identity and ready jobs, but it also has created environmental and health concerns so worrisome that the federal government designated it a Superfund site.
   Many of the town's children were found to have dangerously high lead levels in their blood
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