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VIDEO: Maggots force plane back to gate in Atlanta

A passenger had the container in a carry-on bag and brought it on Monday's flight heading from Atlanta to Charlotte, N.C., said US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher.

Tanning tax rolls out Thursday

The first step of federal health care reform imposes a tax on tanning salons, which will cover $2.7 billion of the total $940 billion cost of the health care bill. Dermatologists support the increase, but tanning salon owners claim it is an unfair burden.

Faulty dental sterilization reported at veterans hospital in St. Louis

Letters were sent Monday to 1,812 veterans who had dental procedures performed at the John Cochran Dental Clinic from Feb. 1, 2009, through March 11 of this year.

SLIDESHOW: Pink Promise Tea brings breast cancer survivors together

Mary Muscato, an oncologist and breast cancer survivor, attended the Pink Promise Tea event on Saturday, a luncheon hosted by the Mid-Missouri Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Rain-Central Missouri participants aim to raise understanding of HIV and AIDS

More than 3 million people die of AIDS each year. In attempt to raise awareness and debunk stigmas about those with HIV and AIDS, Rain-Central Missouri holds the Salute to Life Walk each year.

ANALYSIS: Little support or opposition seen yet for Aug. 3 ballot on health care

Barely five weeks before the Aug. 3 election, backers of the Missouri ballot measure — which seeks to defy a government mandate to have health insurance — are just now beginning to raise money for a coordinated campaign. They still hope to air some commercials and put up yard signs.

MULTIMEDIA: Hospice Compassus provides end-of-life care

Volunteers visit patients who are terminally ill and no longer receive agressive treatment from their doctors. The purpose of hospice service is ensuring the comfort of patients, most of whom live at home. An audio piece follows Hospice Compassus volunteer Glen Sapp on a visit.

UPDATE: Lawsuit challenges Missouri health care referendum

A lawsuit filed in Cole County Circuit Court seeks to block a ballot measure that challenges the new federal health insurance law, saying the measure violates the state constitution.

Northeast Columbia residents should boil their water

Residents of several northeast Columbia neighborhoods are under a boil advisory, which means they should boil water intended for drinking and cooking.

Columbia firefighters organize benefit for injured colleague

The car wash will be hosted by Boone County firefighters on Saturday at Fire Station 12. Proceeds will benefit Keith Null, a volunteer firefighter who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in May.

Boone Hospital Center to receive award for stroke treatment

The American Heart Association will be presenting an award to the hospital Friday for its stroke care and improvement in the treatment.

Health Literacy Missouri leads effort to educate on health care

Missouri health professionals met Tuesday to discuss programs aimed at improving health literacy. Martin Ratermann, a recent cancer survivor, spoke about his own struggles navigating the health care system.

Missouri governor to visit Thompson Center, sign health insurance legislation

Gov. Jay Nixon plans to sign legislation Thursday requiring insurance providers to cover behavioral therapies for children with autism at the Thompson Center.

Medical marijuana cardholders multiplied five times thanks to Cannabis Caravan

Cannabis caravans are making stops all over Montana prescribing medicinal marijuana to multitudes of patients. The state medical board is trying to curtail the mass screenings and recently fined a physician who participated in a similar clinic.

Columbia to hold Prescription Drug Take Back Day

People are encouraged to bring their leftover prescription drugs to safely dispose of them and prevent teens from abusing them.

Missouri insurers expanding coverage of adult children

The new law requires insurance plans that offer dependent coverage to apply to children up to age 26 — even if they are married, no longer students or no longer claimed as dependents on their parents' tax returns.

Researchers at St. Louis University say too many with HIV smoke

Studies show that of the 1.1 million Americans living with HIV or AIDS, 40 percent to 60 percent smoke.

SLIDESHOW: Backyard garden educates and supplies food for children

Students at Nora Stewart Early Learning Center can learn firsthand where their fruits and vegetables come from.

Swim lessons for toddlers get doctors' approval

A few small studies suggest toddlers may be less likely to drown if they've had swim lessons. The doctors aren't recommending lessons for every young child.

Ellis Fischel hosts cancer memorial service for friends and family

The service was for those who had lost their loved ones to cancer. It aimed to provide hope and comfort to family and friends, and allowed a way for employees of the center to give back to their patients.

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