Shots - Health News
9:44 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Merck Halts Sale Of Niacin Drug In 40 Countries

Tredaptive, a booster of good cholesterol, is dead.
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Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 10:29 am

Drugmaker Merck just stuck a fork in a vitamin-based drug to prevent heart disease and stroke.

The company is withdrawing Tredaptive, a long-acting pill combining niacin (No. 3 in the long list of B vitamins) and laropiprant, a chemical that reduces the unpleasant skin flushing caused by high doses of niacin.

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Business
9:16 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Triplett takes over Pednet

Annette Triplett

The new executive director of Pednet has almost finished her first week on the job. Annette Triplett took over for departing director Ian Thomas on Monday.

Pednet is an organization that advocates for alternative modes of transportation. Triplett was a childhood nutrition expert with the University of Missouri Extension for 5 years before coming to Pednet. She says her experience in nutrition is easily parlayed into her new role at Pednet.

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Health
9:07 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Flu hitting Missouri earlier this year

The flu is hitting the U.S. earlier than usual this year, and Missouri is no exception.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that statewide, there have already been more than 9,800 cases of the flu this year, more than 16 times the average of the past five flu seasons at this point.

Most of the flu that's been reported so far in Missouri is type B, but type A flu is also being reported in the state.

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Politics
9:03 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Mo. House Democrats ban smoking in their offices

Missouri House Democrats have decided to prohibit smoking in their offices and plan to seek broader smoking restrictions at the state Capitol.

Smoking is barred in the House chamber and public galleries. It has been permitted in lawmakers' private offices.

The Democrats said Thursday they plan to seek a prohibition on smoking for all areas of the Capitol controlled by the House.

Two years ago, the House voted to prohibit smoking in a gallery reserved for members in the back of the chamber but rejected an effort to ban smoking in offices.

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Business
8:59 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Mo. receivership cases end for 2 insurers

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Court oversight of two financially troubled insurance companies has finally come to an end in Missouri.

The state insurance department says receiverships have been closed for Transit Casualty Co. and International Financial Services Life Insurance Co.

Receivership is a legal step in which a court appoints the state to take control of a financially troubled insurer to pay claims by using the company's assets.

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Crime
8:57 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Mo. Catholic church laments theft of relics

Ste Genevieve Catholic Church

A Catholic parish in eastern Missouri is mourning the theft of relics brought to the church from Rome more than a half-century ago.

KSDK-TV reports that nine relics were stolen from Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church sometime around Christmas. The relics were present around the time of Christmas masses, but cleaning crews noticed they were missing on Jan. 4.

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Politics
8:54 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Begging at exit ramps concerns St. Louis officials

St. Louis leaders are taking a tough approach to stop people from asking for money at exit ramps.

Director of Human Services Bill Siedhoff told KMOX Radio that some are so aggressive that drivers are intimidated. He says some drivers have changed their routes to avoid the ramps such as one at Interstate 64 and 14th Street.

To address the problem, the city has put up "no begging" signs at 25 locations and plans another two dozen.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Lynn Rossy, Healthy For Life

Today Paul Pepper talk with LYNN ROSSY, resident "healthy for life" expert, about making a lifestyle adjustment. "Eat For Life" is the name of her upcoming 10-week class, open to the community.

Conservation
8:49 am
Fri January 11, 2013

White River named National Blueway

The White River, which cuts through southern Missouri and Arkansas, is America's second National Blueway.

The Kansas City Star reports that the new National Blueways System is part of the America's Great Outdoors Initiative aimed at establishing a community-driven conservation and recreation agenda.

Several groups, including the Nature Conservancy and the Missouri Department of Conservation, nominated the White River for the designation. The White River was given the designation Wednesday.

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