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Mad Cow Disease Detected In Alabama

A case of mad cow disease has been found in a cow in Alabama. U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists confirmed Tuesday that an 11-year-old cow found in an Alabama livestock market suffered from the neurologic cattle disease, formally called bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The animal “at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the United States,” according to the USDA.

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The House overwhelmingly passed a sanctions bill on Tuesday that would punish Russia for interfering in the 2016 election and tie President Trump's hands in terms of lifting economic restrictions on Moscow.

On a cloudy summer day, Iowa farmer Wendy Johnson lifts the corner of a mobile chicken tractor, a lightweight plastic frame covered in wire mesh that has corralled her month-old meat chickens for a few days, and frees several dozen birds to peck the surrounding area at will. Soon, she’ll sell these chickens to customers at local markets in eastern Iowa.

The demand for beef, pork and chicken raised on smaller farms closer to home is growing. Now, some Midwest farmers, like Johnson, are exploring how to graze livestock to meet those demands while still earning a profit.

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A Missouri woman has reached a settlement in a lawsuit she filed against a former neighbor imprisoned for killing her 9-year-old daughter in 2009.

Patricia Preiss signed a deal Monday that requires the convicted killer, Alyssa Bustamante, to pay Preiss more than $5 million.

Bustamante was 15 when she killed the Preiss's daughter, Elizabeth. Prosecutors say Bustamante committed the crime to see how it felt to kill someone. She was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

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This week on Discover Nature, find a spot to escape the summer heat in a pond or pool of a cool stream, and you may find one of the largest wildflowers in Missouri.

Today Paul Pepper visits with CB CHASTAIN, Veterinary Health Center, about how to avoid giving your pet a heat stroke. CB says like obesity, heat strokes occur when the owner is "trying to be nice." Find out what everyday situations could potentially be deadly to a dog if not carefully handled! At [4:01] LIZ SENSINTAFFAR, Assoc. Dir. of Community and Outreach at Woodhaven, invites everyone to the grand opening of Woodhaven's Aging in Place apartments this Friday. These 'future-proof' homes allow tenants to grow old without worrying about renovations and upkeep as their conditions change. July 25, 2017

Fulton Medical Center to Close Amid Financial Strain, Few Patients

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COLUMBIA — The only hospital serving Callaway County will close by Sept. 22 due to financial strains caused by low patient numbers and a deteriorating facility, according to a press release from the Fulton Medical Center.

After finding out about a week and a half ago that closure was a possibility, city of Fulton and county officials had been working on ways to financially help the hospital, Callaway County Commissioner Gary Jungermann said. But, on Monday, they learned about the decision to close from the hospital’s owner, NueHealth.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Police Department is looking at whether more training is necessary after an off-duty officer was wounded by "friendly fire" from a fellow officer looking for suspects.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the department is forming a committee to decide how to best train officers for such encounters.

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  Jefferson City police say a woman has died two days after an accidental carbon monoxide poisoning that had already claimed her husband's life.

Police said 44-year-old Lisa Feltrop died Monday afternoon. Feltrop was hospitalized since she, her husband and their 14-year-old daughter were found in their Jefferson City home Saturday. Her husband, 51-year-old Troy Feltrop, died at the scene.

Police say their 14-year-old daughter has made "remarkable progress" since Saturday and is now listed in stable condition.

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  Some Democratic Missouri lawmakers are reviving efforts to prevent cuts to in-home and nursing care for the elderly and disabled.

The Republican-led Legislature passed a bill this year to restore funding for about 8,300 seniors and disabled people at risk of losing in-home and nursing care through a Medicaid program. But Republican Gov. Eric Greitens vetoed that bill.

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  The owner of a closed Lawrence nightclub pleaded guilty to operating a sex trafficking operation in several states.

U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said Monday in a news release that 43-year-old Frank Boswell, of Topeka, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. He is the former owner of the defunct Club Magic in Lawrence.

Prosecutors say Boswell's organization recruited mostly homeless or drug-addicted women to work in the prostitution ring.

The plea agreement calls for a sentence between four to five years. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 23.

Brenda Nichols smiles into the camera. She has short, gray hair, wears a multi-colored cross necklace and a shirt that says "I didn't survive cancer to die of stress."
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Brenda Nichols lost her father in the 2011 tornado that decimated Joplin, Missouri, but she says this is far from the only hardship she has faced in her 68 years. She is a 20 year survivor of breast cancer and has struggled to get oral health care in the past few years.

We met as she waited in line to receive care at the sixth annual MOMOM, which is a once a year, two-day dental clinic providing free care for anyone who’s willing to wait in line. It’s in a different place every year, and this year the event was held in Joplin.

Brenda, who lives in Carl Junction, Missouri, seems to always be smiling and remains optimistic, but says she “never dreamed” that she and her husband would struggle this much as they got older, and she spoke about some of the difficulties they face getting care.

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at missourihealthtalks.org

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