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Historic NASA/SpaceX flight will launch St. Louis County astronaut to space this weekend

From left, Demo-2 crew members Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley pose for a photo after speaking to members of the media on May 20, 2020, at the Launch and Landing Facility runway following the crew’s arrival to the Florida spaceport.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 27, 2020

Update: The launch Wednesday was scrubbed due to weather, with the next attempt at 2:22 p.m. Central time Saturday, then another launch window Sunday.  For the first time since 2011, American astronauts are launching into space on an American rocket from American soil, and one of the historic mission...

In outrage over Lake of the Ozarks parties, St. Louis County and state ask revelers to quarantine

A screenshot from a video posted on Twitter of the parties at Lake of the Ozarks.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 26, 2020

St. Louis County and the states of Missouri and Kansas have issued travel advisories and quarantine requests for anyone who traveled to the Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend and did not socially distance. Anyone who had close contact with others without the recommended precautions during ...

Chance the Rapper honors Crestwood Elementary teacher Darrion Cockrell, donates $30,000

Crestwood Elementary School physical education and health teacher Darrion Cockrell was honored as Lindbergh Schools Teacher of the Year during a surprise announcement April 14.

May 11, 2020

Grammy Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper recognized the Lindbergh Schools 2020 Teacher of the Year Darrion Cockrell Friday for going above and beyond to help his students thrive.  “Mr. DC” teaches physical education at Crestwood Elementary School. During the live presentation, Chance the Ra...

St. Louis County is home to COVID-19 vaccine development

Christine Smith, left, a vice president at Pfizer, details the production and trials that will be happening at Pfizer's Chesterfield, Missouri facility, alongside Missouri Gov. Mike Parson.

By Claire Colby, Missouri News Network

May 9, 2020

A Pfizer facility in Chesterfield is working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. “In a short order of time, we worked closely with regulatory authorities and accelerated what typically would have taken months into weeks and weeks into a matter of days in order to rapidly and safely enter the clinic,...

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is being produced and tested in St. Louis County lab

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is being produced and tested in St. Louis County lab

May 7, 2020

Pfizer is ramping up production in hopes of producing a vaccine for the coronavirus within months, the company announced this week. And the vaccine will be produced and tested in St. Louis County. During Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s COVID-19 briefing Thursday, he was joined by Christine Smith, head of th...

Chance the Rapper will honor Lindbergh teacher in Instagram surprise

Chance the Rapper

May 7, 2020

A Lindbergh Schools teacher is going to be honored by Chance the Rapper during an Instagram award show Friday night. A teacher from Crestwood Elementary in Lindbergh — whose identity is not yet being publicly released, and who does not know that they are being honored — will be joining Grammy awa...

On 107th birthday, St. Louis man is oldest in United States to beat COVID-19

Rudi Heider celebrates his 107th birthday and his successful recovery in beating COVID-19.

May 2, 2020

A 107-year old Chesterfield resident is believed to be the oldest patient in the United States and one of the oldest in the world to recover from the coronavirus. Rudi Heider celebrated his “miraculous” COVID-19 recovery on his 107th birthday, April 29, when he first met all the benchmarks for r...

Oakville team collaborates on emergency ventilator designed to prevent shortages

Dr. Brian Froelke of Oakville, above, is shown just after receiving a protoype of the ARMEE ventilator in the mail. The simple ventilator can be 3D printed from just a few parts costing less than $100.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 1, 2020

A nonprofit crowdsourced initiative to prevent a shortage of ventilators in hospitals due to the coronavirus has connected engineers and physicians across the country and the world, with key players in South County contributing to the project. As medical experts looking at Italy in March warned of possib...

St. Louis County domestic violence victims can now file for restraining orders online

St. Louis County domestic violence victims can now file for restraining orders online

April 23, 2020

Victims of domestic violence in St. Louis County can now file for an order of protection online, a move the court says is “now safer, simpler and easier for victims” during the COVID-19 health emergency. Victims will be able to request a restraining order online, without the need to travel to t...

FDA approves first home test for COVID-19

FDA approves first home test for COVID-19

April 22, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the first diagnostic test with a home collection option for COVID-19. Specifically, the FDA re-issued the emergency use authorization for the Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) COVID-19 RT-PCR Test to permit testing of samples self-colle...

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