Region briefs 2/4/04

Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Four injured in Holcomb car, bus collision

HOLCOMB, Mo. -- Four persons were were injured one of them seriously, in a rearend collision involving a car and bus north of Holcomb at 3:28 p.m. Monday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a 1994 GMC Bluebird school bus driven by Jerry Dye of Holcomb had stopped to unload passengers. The bus was struck in the rear by a 1995 Pontiac driven by Haley D. Simms, 17, of Holcomb. No one on the bus was injured, the patrol said. However, the driver and three passengers in her car were injured.

Fire in Bernie strikes main manufacturer

BERNIE, Mo. -- An early morning fire Tuesday damaged the major manufacturer in this Southeast Missouri town but fire officials said no one was injured. Firefighters were called to the south plant for IXL-Ames Manufacturing, which makes handles for axes and other tools, around 8 a.m. The fire appeared to have started in one of three rooms containing lacquer pits used for coating the handles, authorities said.

Coroner: Inmate's death completely preventable

BENTON, Ill. -- Franklin County Jail inmate Anthony Snyder's death "was 100 percent preventable," according to the coroner who determined Snyder died of pneumonia so severe that doctors mistook it for tuberculosis. The 36-year-old's body also had the kind of open bedsores more likely to be found on patients who have been neglected at nursing homes than on jail inmates, Cape Girardeau County Coroner Mike Hurst said Tuesday. Doctors who examined Snyder, a former mental patient, initially believed he had tuberculosis, sparking a scare at the jail that led to dozens of employees and 60 inmates being tested. Hurst said Tuesday that Snyder's illness was severe but that his death would have been "100-percent preventable" had he received medical care before Jan. 25, when an ambulance sped him from the jail to Southeast Missouri Hospital. Snyder died there three days later.

State continues to lose farms, study shows

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri farms are getting bigger but are fewer in number than they were five years ago, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The Census of Agriculture showed the state had 107,000 farms in 2002, about 4,000 farms fewer than in 1997. The size of the average farm, however, increased from 272 acres to 283 acres during that same period. The survey also showed about 92 percent of the state's farm operations are run by individuals or families. Missouri farmers continue to get older, with their average age rising from 54.4 to 56.1.

-- From wire reports

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