blood http://news.stlpublicradio.org en As Snow Melts, Red Cross Calls for Blood Donations http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/snow-melts-red-cross-calls-blood-donations <p></p><p>The American Red Cross is asking donors to help replenish the St. Louis region’s blood supply after snow and frigid weather prevented blood collection for several days.</p><p>Red Cross spokesman Dan Fox says snow and cold across the country have led to a shortfall in donations.</p><p>“Here in the Missouri-Illinois region over the past five or six days, we’ve had to cancel more than 30 blood drives because of the weather,” Fox says. “And as a result of that, we’re seeing a shortfall of close to 900 units of blood and platelets.”</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 03:02:39 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 32956 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org As Snow Melts, Red Cross Calls for Blood Donations US Supreme Court To Take On Missouri Drunk Driving Case http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-take-missouri-drunk-driving-case <p></p><p><em>Jacob McCleland&nbsp;of KRCU's reporting used in this story.</em><br><br>The US Supreme Court will pick up a case that could determine whether police can legally administer blood tests without a warrant.</p><p>A Missouri State Highway Patrol officer took Tyler McNeely to a Cape Girardeau hospital for blood tests after he failed field sobriety tests but refused the breathalyzer.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 22:59:06 +0000 KRCU 4701 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org US Supreme Court To Take On Missouri Drunk Driving Case Extreme heat impacting blood donations http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/extreme-heat-impacting-blood-donations <p>The American Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal for blood donors.</p><p>Donations to the Red Cross are down ten percent across the country in June, and officials with the agency say the current blood supply is half the level it was last year when it issued a similar plea.</p><p>Local Red Cross spokesman Dan Fox says the extreme heat keeps potential donors away.&nbsp; He says people tend to give when natural disasters strike, even though the need is year-round.</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:29:52 +0000 Sydney Miller 3995 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Extreme heat impacting blood donations