Health, Science, Environment 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 Should Marijuana Be Legal In Missouri, For Medical Or Recreational Use? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/should-marijuana-be-legal-missouri-medical-or-recreational-use <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should marijuana be legalized? More than 50 percent of Americans think it should, <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/150149/record-high-americans-favor-legalizing-marijuana.aspx" target="_blank">according to a 2013 Gallup poll</a>, but the issue is far from settled.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:27:33 +0000 Erica Smith 38223 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Should Marijuana Be Legal In Missouri, For Medical Or Recreational Use? Missouri And Prescription Drug Databases: Considerations For The Curious http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-and-prescription-drug-databases-considerations-curious <p>Drugs, privacy, prison. Those three things are linked to the debate over&nbsp;prescription drug databases -- and Missouri is the only state in the U.S. without one.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:58:15 +0000 Kelsey Proud & Shula Neuman 38229 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri And Prescription Drug Databases: Considerations For The Curious 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 Rising River Threatens Areas North Of St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rising-river-threatens-areas-north-st-louis <p>The National Weather Service is forecasting major flooding along stretches of the Mississippi River north of St. Louis early next week. <a href="http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/forecasts.php?wfo=lsx" target="_blank">A map on its site i</a>s regularly updated with river stages.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:43:48 +0000 Joseph Leahy 37764 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rising River Threatens Areas North Of St. Louis 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 Stopping To Smell A Corpse (Flower) At The Botanical Garden http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stopping-smell-corpse-flower-botanical-garden <p>You still have a few hours left to smell the corpse flower.</p><p>The Titan Arum, an Aroid plant from Sumatra, is currently in bloom at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It flowers rarely, but when it does, its strong odor definitely carries.</p><p>“It smells like rotting flesh,” said Andrew Wyatt, the Garden's vice president of horticulture. “It spreads the foul smell over many miles because it’s trying to attract pollinators from another plant several miles away.”</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:01:57 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 37678 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Stopping To Smell A Corpse (Flower) At The Botanical Garden