SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois public health officials say they've found the season's first West Nile-positive bird in southwestern Illinois.
The Monroe County starling's test results come two months after the state found the year's first mosquitoes with the virus.
The agency's director says that means it's "only a matter of time" until the illness is found in humans this season.
The first mosquitoes carrying West Nile were found in May in Cook County. Since then, West Nile's been found in animals in a total of 17 counties.
Last year, the virus was found in 55 of the state's counties and nearly 300 people contracted the illness. Twelve died.
This year's spring flooding caused an increase in mosquitoes - both the kind that carry the virus and those that don't.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed seven bills dealing with the military and veterans.
Nixon was promoting four of the measures Wednesday during events in Springfield and Cape Girardeau.
One of the bills could help veterans qualify for lower in-state tuition rates at Missouri's public colleges and universities immediately after they leave the military.
Veterans with an honorable or general discharge will be required to "demonstrate presence and declare residency" to receive in-state tuition. Students currently must live in Missouri for 12 consecutive months, obtain a Missouri driver's license and earn at least $2,000 during a 12-month period.
Other newly signed measures are designed to help the state treasurer identify the owners of military medals that are unclaimed property and deal with voting by those overseas and in the military.
Two students and a construction worker were taken to the hospital after a chemical leak at Hazelwood East High School.
Around 10:40 AM, a Police resource officer noticed a strange odor. All students attended summer school were evacuated while the source of the odor was located. Fire crews are on site and expect to have the investigation completed by 2PM.
No word on the condition of the three hospitalized victims.
MoDOT has chosen a company to build the pedestrian lid over I-70 downtown. The Park Over the Highway project has been awarded to KCI Construction Company, who put in a winning bid of $26.4 million. It was the lowest of six bids submitted for the project, which will connect the Arch grounds with downtown St. Louis. Construction is expected to begin in August, and is a scheduled to be completed by July 2015. Construction will start near the Martin Luther King Bridge, then move to Walnut Street.