Véronique LaCapra http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Labadie Residents Win One Legal Challenge Against Ameren's Coal Ash Landfill ― And File Another http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/labadie-residents-win-one-legal-challenge-against-amerens-coal-ash-landfill-and-file-another <p><strong><em>Updated 7/25/14 with information on a new lawsuit.</em></strong></p><p>The Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO) has filed another lawsuit in their long-running campaign to prevent Ameren from building a coal ash landfill in Franklin County.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:54:35 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 38262 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Labadie Residents Win One Legal Challenge Against Ameren's Coal Ash Landfill ― And File Another The Number Of Health Care Workers With Low Education Levels Is Rising ― But Their Wages Aren't http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/number-health-care-workers-low-education-levels-rising-their-wages-arent <p>About half of the health care workers in the St. Louis area have less than a bachelor's degree.</p><p>The number of health care workers with lower levels of education is on the rise here but for the most part, their salaries are not.</p><p>That puts the St. Louis region in line with the national trend, according to <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Research/Files/Reports/2014/07/healthworkforce/Healthcare%20Workers%20Embargo.pdf" target="_blank">a new report</a> released on Thursday by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:05:50 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 38307 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Number Of Health Care Workers With Low Education Levels Is Rising ― But Their Wages Aren't Differing Court Rulings On Obamacare Mean One Thing: Nothing Changes For Now http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/differing-court-rulings-obamacare-mean-one-thing-nothing-changes-now <p>On Tuesday, two federal appeals courts issued conflicting decisions that could have major ramifications for the future of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The controversy hinges on whether people in the 36 states that opted NOT to set up their own health insurance exchanges can qualify for subsidies (really, tax credits) on their health insurance premiums. Missouri and Illinois are among those 36 that don't have state-run exchanges.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:09:20 +0000 Shula Neuman & Véronique LaCapra 38284 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Differing Court Rulings On Obamacare Mean One Thing: Nothing Changes For Now Forty-Five Years Ago, We First Landed On The Moon: Meet The Man In Charge In Mission Control http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/forty-five-years-ago-we-first-landed-moon-meet-man-charge-mission-control <p>Forty-five years ago this Sunday, Apollo 11 became the first space flight to land men on the moon.</p><p>At Mission Control in Houston, Gene Kranz was the man in charge.</p><p>Kranz spent more than three decades working for the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, serving as flight director for both the Gemini and Apollo space programs.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:29:37 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 37622 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Forty-Five Years Ago, We First Landed On The Moon: Meet The Man In Charge In Mission Control State Concerned About Potential For Surface Fire At Bridgeton Landfill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-concerned-about-potential-surface-fire-bridgeton-landfill <p><em><strong>Updated 7/3/14 with a link to <a href="http://www.dnr.mo.gov/bridgeton/docs/imp-contingency070214.pdf" target="_blank">the state's finalized Incident Management Plan</a> for the Bridgeton Landfill.</strong></em></p><p>State agency officials are concerned that the underground fire at the Bridgeton Landfill could break through to the surface.</p><p>That scenario was raised in a recent memo by landfill fire expert Todd Thalhamer, who has been consulting for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:09:13 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 37702 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State Concerned About Potential For Surface Fire At Bridgeton Landfill Missouri Public Service Commission Gives The Go-Ahead To Ameren's Coal Ash Landfill Plans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-public-service-commission-gives-go-ahead-amerens-coal-ash-landfill-plans <p>The Missouri Public Service Commission has signed off on Ameren Missouri's plan to build a coal ash landfill at its power plant in Franklin County.</p><p>The five member commission <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/ea-2012-0281_report_and_order_iii.pdf" target="_blank">unanimously granted the utility company’s request</a> for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity on Wednesday. That certificate gives Ameren the ability to expand the area of its Labadie power plant to build the new landfill.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:42:39 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 37743 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Public Service Commission Gives The Go-Ahead To Ameren's Coal Ash Landfill Plans EPA Says Radiation Screening Suggests Bridgeton Athletic Complex "Suitable For Public Use" http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/epa-says-radiation-screening-suggests-bridgeton-athletic-complex-suitable-public-use <p>Preliminary radiation screening at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC) suggests the ball fields do not pose a risk to public health.</p><p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region7/cleanup/west_lake_landfill/pdf/bridgeton-municipal-athletic-complex-prelim-report.pdf" target="_blank">the results</a> on Thursday.</p><p>The athletic fields are less than a mile from <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region7/cleanup/west_lake_landfill/index.htm" target="_blank">the West Lake Landfill</a>, an EPA Superfund site containing radioactive waste.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:16:34 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 37543 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org EPA Says Radiation Screening Suggests Bridgeton Athletic Complex "Suitable For Public Use" St. Louis NAACP Says Shifting From Coal To Renewables Would Benefit African Americans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-naacp-says-shifting-coal-renewables-would-benefit-african-americans <p>The local NAACP says air pollution from coal-fired power plants is having a disproportionate impact on the health of African Americans in the St. Louis area.</p><p>The civil rights organization joined the Sierra Club, Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed and others on Wednesday to rally in favor of <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-carbon-dioxide-limits-could-mean-big-changes-coal-powered-states-missouri-illinois" target="_blank">the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions</a>.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:41:10 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 37528 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis NAACP Says Shifting From Coal To Renewables Would Benefit African Americans Bridgeton Landfill Owner Agrees To New Measures To Monitor Underground Fire And Control Odors http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bridgeton-landfill-owner-agrees-new-measures-monitor-underground-fire-and-control-odors <p><strong><em>&nbsp;UPDATED 6/20/14 to correct description of radioactivity testing along waste haul routes.</em></strong></p><p>Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has reached a new agreement with Bridgeton Landfill owner Republic Services.</p><p>It includes additional measures that Republic must take to monitor the movement of an underground fire at the landfill and to control the foul odors ― and potentially toxic gases ― emanating from it.</p><p>Those measures include:</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:49:41 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 37364 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bridgeton Landfill Owner Agrees To New Measures To Monitor Underground Fire And Control Odors Gov. Nixon Launches New State Energy Plan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gov-nixon-launches-new-state-energy-plan <p>Gov. Jay Nixon signed an <a href="http://governor.mo.gov/news/executive-orders/executive-order-14-06" target="_blank">executive order</a> on Wednesday, officially launching the development of a comprehensive state energy plan.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:47:54 +0000 Parth Shah & Véronique LaCapra 37325 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gov. Nixon Launches New State Energy Plan