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Mercy Hospital Midwives Will Offer Birthing Option

Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:29 Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis-area's leading hospital for delivering babies will soon offer an option for midwife-led births, part of a growing trend as more women seek natural childbirth.
 
   Mercy Hospital St. Louis said Thursday that patients are being accepted at its Mercy Birthing Center, which opens in September. Mercy says it will give women the option of a birth without medical intervention, overseen by a midwife, but with medical personnel nearby if needed.
 
   The center will feature four birthing suites that resemble a home bedroom, with queen-sized beds, showers and large tubs for labor.
   A report released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said home births have risen to their highest level in about four decades, though they are still only a fraction of all births.
   
 

Prisoner May Never Face Death Penalty

Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:27 Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A man convicted of one killing and suspected in two others may never face the death penalty due to sentencing delays caused in part by a prosecutor's stroke and the killer's own failing health.
 
Gregory Bowman is imprisoned in Missouri for strangling a teenager in St. Louis County in 1977. He was also convicted of killing a 14-year-old girl and a 21-year-old woman in Belleville, Ill., in 1978, but the convictions were overturned. He was never retried.
 
The Missouri Supreme Court in 2011 upheld Bowman's Missouri conviction but ordered re-sentencing.
 
The hearing is now delayed until April 2015. Colleen Blake, the clerk for St. Louis County Circuit Judge David Vincent, says the prosecutor handling the case had a stroke in January, and Bowman has a potentially fatal kidney ailment.
   
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Legislation helping southern Illinois school districts fill teaching vacancies with recently retired teachers is advancing in the state Legislature.
The legislation sponsored by state Sen. John Rushville passed the Senate by a 51-0 vote Wednesday.
 
The bill would allow retired teachers, who are still certified, to teach while still maintaining their eligibility for retirement. Retirees would be exempt from making contributions or receiving any new pension benefits.
 
Schools must have advertised the position for three months prior to the beginning of the school term and offer vacancies to teachers' whose positions have been eliminated by the district.
 
The legislation now moves to the House.

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