JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri is preparing to start screening every newborn for a heart disease that can cause developmental delays or death if left untreated. The screenings for critical congenital heart disease are required under a new state law that takes effect January 1st. The Department of Health and Senior Services says an estimated 140 babies are born in Missouri each year with the disease. The noninvasive screenings measure oxygen in the blood and show if a newborn needs treatment with a catheter or surgery. The Missouri agency says the tests will prevent babies from being sent home with the risk of developing serious complications in the first few weeks of life.
A man appealing his conviction in the 1982 murder of a St. Louis woman and the sexual assault of her young daughters will remain in prison. St. Louis Circuit Judge Robin Vannoy on Tuesday rejected a motion from Rodney Lee Lincoln based on new DNA tests.
Lincoln is serving a double life sentence for the murder of 35-year old JoAnn Tate and the sexual assaults of her 7- and 4-year old daughters.
The judge ruled that the DNA evidence doesn't prove Lincoln's innocence. The results showed no male DNA, just that of the victims.
Prosecutors say Lincoln's conviction came largely because the two girls had identified him as their attacker.