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Bi-State Development Board Changes Upset St. Louis County Executive

The balance of power on the region’s transportation authority board has shifted toward St. Clair County in Illinois — and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page isn’t happy about it.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a new state law this week that gives St. Clair County another permanent seat on the Bi-State Development Corporation board. The change effectively gives St. Clair veto power over operations that include local light rail and bus service.

Page said that’s unfair, since St. Louis County contributes far more money to Bi-State than St. Clair. St. Louis County provides about half of the transit system’s money. St. Clair is responsible for less than a fifth of it, he said.

Page said St. Louis County was caught off guard by the change in the makeup of the Bi-State board. Upon learning of the bill, Page’s office contacted Pritzker’s staff on Friday to discourage him from signing it into law.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bi-state-development-board-changes-upset-st-louis-county-executive

Federal Judge Blocks Missouri's Eight-Week Abortion Law From Taking Effect


A federal judge in Kansas City has blocked Missouri’s eight-week abortion ban from taking effect after midnight Tuesday.

Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs issued a preliminary injunction blocking all parts of the law, except a "non-discrimination" section banning abortions on the basis of race, sex or Down syndrome.

Although not a decision on the merits, the ruling is a major victory for the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis, the only remaining abortion provider in Missouri, and its medical director, Colleen McNicholas.

Both challenged the law's constitutionality in a lawsuit filed last month. In order to secure a preliminary injunction, they needed to show they were likely to prevail on the merits.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/federal-judge-blocks-missouri-s-eight-week-abortion-law-taking-effect

Federal Judge Blocks Missouri's Eight-Week Abortion Law From Taking Effect

A federal judge in Kansas City has blocked Missouri’s eight-week abortion ban from taking effect after midnight Tuesday.

Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs issued a preliminary injunction blocking all parts of the law, except a "non-discrimination" section banning abortions on the basis of race, sex or Down syndrome.

Although not a decision on the merits, the ruling is a major victory for the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis, the only remaining abortion provider in Missouri, and its medical director, Colleen McNicholas.

Both challenged the law's constitutionality in a lawsuit filed last month. In order to secure a preliminary injunction, they needed to show they were likely to prevail on the merits.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/federal-judge-blocks-missouri-s-eight-week-abortion-law-taking-effect

St. Louis Federal Reserve Economist Predicts Slower Growth For The Region In 2020


ROLLA — An economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis says there are some mixed signals coming from the region.

Companies are starting to get concerned, while consumers are spending money and have higher levels of confidence, business economist Kevin Kliesen told a recent gathering of the Rolla Regional Economic Commission.

It all adds up to his prediction that 2020 will see modest growth at a slower rate than the past two years.

“We talk to a lot of businesses, and they tell us that they turned a little bit cautious in terms of hiring, and putting in place capital investment,” Kliesen said. “I think a lot of that has to do with the uncertainty with the trade outlook and some other things.”

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-federal-reserve-economist-predicts-slower-growth-region-2020

St. Louis Federal Reserve Economist Predicts Slower Growth For The Region In 2020

ROLLA — An economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis says there are some mixed signals coming from the region.

Companies are starting to get concerned, while consumers are spending money and have higher levels of confidence, business economist Kevin Kliesen told a recent gathering of the Rolla Regional Economic Commission.

It all adds up to his prediction that 2020 will see modest growth at a slower rate than the past two years.

“We talk to a lot of businesses, and they tell us that they turned a little bit cautious in terms of hiring, and putting in place capital investment,” Kliesen said. “I think a lot of that has to do with the uncertainty with the trade outlook and some other things.”

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-federal-reserve-economist-predicts-slower-growth-region-2020

Sculpture To Commemorate Legal Battles Of Slaves Who Sought Freedom In St. Louis


Hundreds of African Americans who fought for their freedom in St. Louis courts will soon be commemorated in front of one of the city's oldest legal institutions.

The Freedom Suits Memorial sculpture will be installed on the grassy plaza east of the Civil Courts Building downtown. The art piece, to be sculpted by Preston Jackson, will honor the more than 300 lawsuits filed by slaves and the lawyers who represented them within the St. Louis Circuit Court. City political leaders, judicial officials and civil rights proponents gathered Friday to dedicate the site.

“St. Louis has not always been on the right side of history,” said Mayor Lyda Krewson. “Hopefully this statue and some of our actions today will bring about this dedication that will live on forever and help to move us to the right side of history by honoring the freedom suits.”

A cast bronze piece will illustrate the journey of the slaves who went through the legal system to fight for freedom. The artist, Jackson, is known for his bronze and steel sculptures located in cities including Peoria and Chicago.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sculpture-commemorate-legal-battles-slaves-who-sought-freedom-st-louis

Sculpture To Commemorate Legal Battles Of Slaves Who Sought Freedom In St. Louis

Hundreds of African Americans who fought for their freedom in St. Louis courts will soon be commemorated in front of one of the city's oldest legal institutions.

The Freedom Suits Memorial sculpture will be installed on the grassy plaza east of the Civil Courts Building downtown. The art piece, to be sculpted by Preston Jackson, will honor the more than 300 lawsuits filed by slaves and the lawyers who represented them within the St. Louis Circuit Court. City political leaders, judicial officials and civil rights proponents gathered Friday to dedicate the site.

“St. Louis has not always been on the right side of history,” said Mayor Lyda Krewson. “Hopefully this statue and some of our actions today will bring about this dedication that will live on forever and help to move us to the right side of history by honoring the freedom suits.”

A cast bronze piece will illustrate the journey of the slaves who went through the legal system to fight for freedom. The artist, Jackson, is known for his bronze and steel sculptures located in cities including Peoria and Chicago.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sculpture-commemorate-legal-battles-slaves-who-sought-freedom-st-louis

One Dead In Illinois From Vaping-Related Breathing Problems


At least one person has died in Illinois, after they used an e-cigarette product that appears to have caused fatal breathing problems. The death may be the first vaping fatality in the nation.

The Department of Public Health didn’t identify the person, but said they had the same “constellation” of symptoms as more than 20 others who have been hospitalized after vaping. They’ve felt out of breath, they’ve been coughing heavily, even vomiting.

At least half of those people have gotten sick just this past week.

The popular products made by JUUL and other companies contain concentrated amounts of nicotine and other chemicals. Some even use e-cigarettes to smoke concentrated THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/one-dead-illinois-vaping-related-breathing-problems

One Dead In Illinois From Vaping-Related Breathing Problems

At least one person has died in Illinois, after they used an e-cigarette product that appears to have caused fatal breathing problems. The death may be the first vaping fatality in the nation.

The Department of Public Health didn’t identify the person, but said they had the same “constellation” of symptoms as more than 20 others who have been hospitalized after vaping. They’ve felt out of breath, they’ve been coughing heavily, even vomiting.

At least half of those people have gotten sick just this past week.

The popular products made by JUUL and other companies contain concentrated amounts of nicotine and other chemicals. Some even use e-cigarettes to smoke concentrated THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/one-dead-illinois-vaping-related-breathing-problems

Wash U Research On Kids With Asthma Could Save Families Medicine And Money



Some kids with mild asthma only need to use their inhalers when they have symptoms, according to research from Washington University.

That’s a major departure from traditional guidelines that recommend patients use their inhalers everyday, regardless of how they’re feeling.

The study, which focused on African American children in St. Louis, found no difference in symptoms or lung function between kids who used their steroid inhalers everyday and those who used them as needed. Following an “as-needed” treatment strategy may help some patients cut down on the total amount of medicine they need to manage their asthma — and may reduce overall costs for low-income populations.

For the past three decades, the Global Initiative for Asthma has recommended asthma patients take a daily dose of inhaled corticosteroids, which reduce inflammation in the lungs.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wash-u-research-kids-asthma-could-save-families-medicine-and-money
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