A potentially deadly form of food poisoning is appearing in some soup cans. Botulism has been found in some Tasty Classics brand soups sold in Hy-Vee stores. Dr. Cynthia Holmes, with the Mid-America Poison Control Center says about 30% of people who contract botulism die from it, but that number is inflated by mortality figures in Third World countries. She says botulism is also extremely rare in commercial canned goods. Holmes notes in the rare cases where botulism does appear, it usually happens in home canning.
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4th-graders from a pair of Columbia elementary school helped Governor Roger Wilson today decorate the capitol Christmas tree. An Excelsior Springs couple donated the 10-foot-tall Scotch Pine. Many of the kids brought homemade decorations to put on the tree. They also got to visit the governor’s office, and have their pictures taken with him. Wilson encouraged the kids to enjoy the holidays with the families, and to pray for the less fortunate.
The Fish and Wildlife Service has released it biological opinion concerning the management of the Missouri River. It calls for increased flows from upstream dams in the Spring and the discontinuation of navigation along the Missouri for 3-4 weeks in the middle of summer. The Service says the moves will protect the endangered pallid sturgeon, least tern and piping plover. Brigadier General Carl Strock of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acknowledges the changes would greatly curtail navigation and could end the navigation industry on the Missouri. He says the Corps will look at some alternate proposals, but will proceed with the goal of rehabilitating those endangered species.
Kansas City officials want to improve the response time of their police. A study shows it takes officers more than 10 minutes on average to respond to even the most serious of 911 calls, including shootings, stabbings and rapes in progress. A variety of solutions have been proposed, including a new computer system. The response time in Kansas City North is upwards of 13 minutes.
Several things are considered reasons for the drop in the number of students expelled for taking guns to Missouri’s schools. The number is down about 40% in the last three years. Federal programs coordinator Dee Beck with the state education department says reporting of incidents has improved. And, she says, more people are taking the issue more clearly. 27 of the 102 students expelled in the last school year were elementary school students. 58 were senior high school students. The rest were junior high or middle school students.
Missouri is getting ready to restrict driving privileges for young teenagers soon. Director of the state department of revenue, Quentin Wilson, says the tighter restrictions have worked elsewhere, where accident rates for 16-year-olds have dropped 20% in some states. Missouri teens won’t be able to get driver’s licenses until they’ve used a driver’s permit for six months. While they’re using the permit, they have to have a parent or guardian in the car. Once they’re licensed–and until they turn 18– they can only drive late at night under limited circumstances. They also have to wear a seatbelt all the time. The changes go into effect January first.
The trial has started for a man charged with assaulting a highway patrolman last March, then leading searchers on a manhunt that lasted 26 hours. The prosecutor says the trooper was trying to arrest Michael Thomas and a woman with him when Thomas grabbed for his gun. The charges say Thomas was able to grab the troopers metal baton and hit him five times before he ran into some woods. Thomas’ lawyer says somebody else did it.
The Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City has been ordered to pay 19 former students more than $285,000 dollars. The former students had gone to federal court claiming the school misrepresented how much help it would give in finding patients for students. Those pupils wanted $22 million.
The Kansas City police board is taking exception to a proposal to reduce the number of squad cars being taken home. The city auditor says Kansas City could save thousands of dollars by reducing the number of cars police officers are allowed to take home. Police board commissioner Karl Zobrist says, though, when cops take their cars home, it increases visibility. Mayor Kay Barnes seems skeptical of the assertion. She says many of the cars being taken home are unmarked.
Mold is growing throughout an elementary school in Carthage. The building has been closed and students have been moved to another building while repairs are made. Carthage superintendent Gary Reed says an airhandler that has been leaking for about three years has been replaced, clearing the way for cleanup of the mold. Several students have complained of respiratory problems. Their parents blame the mold. Students are attending classes in other buildings until the school is cleaned and reopened.