St. Louis, MO – The Environmental Protection Agency is awarding close to $250,000 to Saint Louis University to predict the impacts of climate change on freshwater resources.
EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks says the research will evaluate how a changing climate could alter the quantity of water in U.S. rivers and streams, and the availability of habitat for fish and other aquatic life.
St. Louis – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is closing more than 100 caves in state parks and historic sites to battle the spread of white nose syndrome, a fungus that affects bats.
The fungus has decimated bat populations in the northeast, and officials found it in a cave in Pike County last month. The fungus disturbs a bat's winter hibernation, causing them to search for food, often freezing or starving.
St. Louis – A five year transportation plan for the state released Wednesday by the Missouri Department of Transportation could shock communities with major road projects planned.
The plan released Wednesday predicts that no more than $500 million a year will be available to communities for road construction and improvements between 2011 and 2015. That's a 150 percent drop from the last plan, where the pool was $1.25 billion a year.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Democrats in the Missouri House are crying foul over what they call a "sham" ethics bill passed by the Republican majority Thursday.
The wide-ranging bill would place a $20,000 cap on campaign contributions for candidates seeking statewide office. But the bill's language is not clear on whether that rule would apply to House and Senate members.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A majority of home care workers in Missouri have voted in favor of union representation.
The results were announced today in Jefferson City, with about 60 percent of the state's home care workers voting to unionize. They provide various services for people who are homebound, such as transportation, shopping, cooking and bathing.
Joe Lawrence is spokesman for the Missouri Home Care Union.