Véronique LaCapra http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Sea Lion "Bennie" Dies At Saint Louis Zoo http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sea-lion-bennie-dies-saint-louis-zoo <p>A sea lion has died at the St. Louis Zoo.</p><p>“Bennie,” as he was known, was born at the zoo in 2002 and would have been 12 years old in June.</p><p>The 500 pound sea lion was one of the stars of the zoo’s sea lion show. But he stopped performing two weeks ago and had been under veterinary care.</p><p>The zoo says a necropsy will be performed by its pathologist, but it will take several weeks for the zoo to get the lab results needed to determine the cause of death.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:58:01 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 35434 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sea Lion "Bennie" Dies At Saint Louis Zoo Saving The Monarch's Migration: A Conversation With Ecologist Lincoln Brower http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/saving-monarchs-migration-conversation-ecologist-lincoln-brower <p>Every year, monarch butterflies undertake what seems like an impossible journey.</p><p>By the millions, they leave their summer breeding grounds in the United States and Canada to fly thousands of miles to a small area of alpine forest in central Mexico.</p><p>Ecologist <a href="http://www.biology.sbc.edu/faculty/HomePageLPB.html" target="_blank">Lincoln Brower</a> has been studying monarchs for almost 60 years.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:03:10 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 35381 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Saving The Monarch's Migration: A Conversation With Ecologist Lincoln Brower Lawsuit Alleges West Lake Landfill Radiation Has Spread Off Site http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lawsuit-alleges-west-lake-landfill-radiation-has-spread-site <p>A lawsuit filed on Friday alleges that radiation from the West Lake Landfill has spread into surrounding neighborhoods, contaminating properties there.</p><p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maintains that the public is not at risk.</p><p>Attorney Daniel Finney, Jr., filed <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/201404/JOHN_JAMES_ET_AL_V__MALLINCKRODT_INC_ET_AL-1673.pdf" target="_blank">the suit</a> on behalf of John James, who has lived near the landfill in Bridgeton for more than 30 years.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:40:39 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 35246 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lawsuit Alleges West Lake Landfill Radiation Has Spread Off Site Concerns Over Minority Hiring Dominate Asbestos Cleanup Meeting In North St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/concerns-over-minority-hiring-dominate-asbestos-cleanup-meeting-north-st-louis <p><strong><em>Updated after the public meeting on 4-10-2014:</em></strong></p><p>The meeting hosted Thursday night by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was supposed to focus on the first phase of the $30 million cleanup of the former Carter Carburetor plant in North St. Louis. That first phase involves <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/Carter_Carburetor_April_2014_Public_Mtg.pdf" target="_blank">removing asbestos</a> from the site's main building.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:58:44 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 35184 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Concerns Over Minority Hiring Dominate Asbestos Cleanup Meeting In North St. Louis Meeting Tuesday To Take Public Input On Ameren Coal Ash Landfill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/meeting-tuesday-take-public-input-ameren-coal-ash-landfill <p>The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is hosting a meeting on Tuesday to get public input on&nbsp;Ameren's plans to build a coal ash landfill next to its power plant in Franklin County.</p><p>The meeting will focus on whether the agency should grant Ameren <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/2014-03-04_Ameren_Labadie_Draft_Construction_Permit.pdf" target="_blank">a landfill construction permit</a>.</p><p>Ameren Missouri's Vice President of External Affairs and Communications, Warren Wood, said the new coal ash landfill will be state-of-the-art.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:01:30 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 35130 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Meeting Tuesday To Take Public Input On Ameren Coal Ash Landfill EPA Analysis: Neighbors Could Be At Risk If Landfill Fire Reaches Radioactive Waste In Bridgeton http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/epa-analysis-neighbors-could-be-risk-if-landfill-fire-reaches-radioactive-waste-bridgeton <p>A new analysis by scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests there could be risks to area residents if an underground fire were to reach radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill.</p><p>An underground fire has been smoldering at the adjacent Bridgeton Landfill for more than three years and is now about 900 to 1,000 feet from the radioactive material.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 01:32:18 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34888 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org EPA Analysis: Neighbors Could Be At Risk If Landfill Fire Reaches Radioactive Waste In Bridgeton Illinois Expanded Its Medicaid Program. Missouri Didn’t. How Are Those Choices Working Out? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-expanded-its-medicaid-program-missouri-didn-t-how-are-those-choices-working-out <p>For years in most states, Medicaid eligibility had been limited to disabled adults, seniors needing long-term care and very low-income parents with their children.</p><p>Then along came the Affordable Care Act. It was designed to grow health insurance coverage across the board. One of its tenets was to expand Medicaid coverage beyond the extremely poor and disabled to include all adults earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty levels.</p><p>But in 2012, the Supreme Court gave states the chance to opt out Medicaid expansion.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:02:51 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34700 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Expanded Its Medicaid Program. Missouri Didn’t. How Are Those Choices Working Out? Obama Administration Will Allow More Time For Health Insurance Sign-Ups http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/obama-administration-will-allow-more-time-health-insurance-sign-ups <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Obama administration says it will give people more time to sign up for health insurance through the federal online marketplace.</span></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:11:08 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34740 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Obama Administration Will Allow More Time For Health Insurance Sign-Ups EPA To Contract With Army Corps To Build Fire Break At Bridgeton Landfill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/epa-contract-army-corps-build-fire-break-bridgeton-landfill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is contracting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a fire break to keep an underground fire from reaching radioactive waste at the landfill complex in </span>Bridgeton<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:22:28 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34619 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org EPA To Contract With Army Corps To Build Fire Break At Bridgeton Landfill Radioactive Waste Detected Closer To The Bridgeton Landfill Fire http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/radioactive-waste-detected-closer-bridgeton-landfill-fire <p><em><strong>Updated on 3/20/14 to add a statement from landfill owner Bridgeton Landfill, LLC, a subsidiary of Republic Services.</strong></em></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:50:33 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34547 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Radioactive Waste Detected Closer To The Bridgeton Landfill Fire