Gateway Arch
9:43 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

MoDOT displays plan for 'lid' to Gateway Arch

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Updated with more detailed figures on funding

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) gave the public a look tonight at its plan to build what it calls a “lid” to connect downtown St. Louis with the Gateway Arch.

But before it breaks ground, MoDOT Engineer Deanna Venker said the agency has to take into account a whole range of potential impacts.

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It's All Politics
5:52 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

As It Happened: Wednesday At The Republican Convention

Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan waves with his family Wednesday at the GOP convention in Tampa. Also on stage: his daughter Liza, sons Charlie and Sam Ryan, wife Janna and mother Elizabeth.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 11:37 pm

  • NPR Special Coverage, Hour 1
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Hello from Tampa, where tonight Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin accepted the Republican Party's vice presidential nomination and told the nation that if he joins Mitt Romney in the White House they will work to solve the nation's problems, not blame them on others.

"We will not duck the tough issues, we will lead," he said. "We will not spend four years blaming others, we will take responsibility. We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles."

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Shots - Health Blog
2:43 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

With West Nile on the rise, we answer your questions

A Beechcraft airplane sprays insecticide over Dallas early Monday morning to curb the spread of West Nile virus.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 8:45 am

This year is on track to be the worst ever for West Nile virus in the United States. Here are the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • 1,590 reported cases, nearly 500 more than a week ago for a rise of 44 percent.
  • 889 cases, or 56 percent, involve severe neurological disease.
  • 66 deaths, compared to 41 last week.
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Since he joined NPR in 2000, Knox has covered a broad range of issues and events in public health, medicine, and science. His reports can be heard on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Talk of the Nation, and newscasts.

Among other things, Knox's NPR reports have examined the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa, North America, and the Caribbean; anthrax terrorism; smallpox and other bioterrorism preparedness issues; the rising cost of medical care; early detection of lung cancer; community caregiving; music and the brain; and the SARS epidemic.

West Nile Virus
2:38 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

St. Louis County boosts anti-mosquito efforts

(via Flickr/John Tann)

A big jump in human cases of West Nile Virus in Illinois, Texas and Arkansas is prompting St. Louis County to boost its spraying to combat mosquitoes.

"An extra team of vector control employees will spray strategic areas in the early morning hours this week to reduce the number of breeding adult mosquitoes and knock down any that may be carrying West Nile Virus," Vector Control Operations Manager Drew Hane said. That team is a supplement to evening and overnight spraying efforts.

The county health department is urging residents to take the following steps:

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12:56 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

What Americans actually do all day long, in 2 graphics

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What are we doing all day long? The Planet Money team at NPR shows us. Does the average American day portrayed here look like yours?
Here's how the average American with a full-time job spends a typical workday: Here's a more detailed breakdown of two of the categories listed above: Notes: The figures come from the American Time Use Survey, which is conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers are, of course, averages.
Illinois Pensions
11:59 am
Wed August 29, 2012

S&P lowers Illinois credit rating over pensions

An interior look at the dome of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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Updated 12:26 p.m.

Continuing pension problems have earned Illinois another reduction in its credit rating.

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services announced Wednesday that it is lowering Illinois' rating a notch. The decision is based on weak funding for government pensions and a "lack of action on reform measures."

Only California has a lower rating from S&P, but the service says the outlook for California is positive. Illinois falls into the "negative outlook" category.

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Science
11:07 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Map: Watch Isaac aftermath progress to parched St. Louis

A screen capture of an interactive map of Hurricane Isaac's progress by WNYC. Explore the map yourself in our story below.
(via WNYC)

The aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, expected in the St. Louis area this weekend, may help with the severe drought that's been a constant for most of the summer.

Our friends at WNYC have put together this interactive, near-real-time map of the storm's progress, so you can watch for yourself as the welcomed moisture makes its way from the Gulf Coast to our Gateway City.

Schrand began his radio career at St. Louis Public Radio as a live recording intern from 1986 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he acted as Jazz 'Til Dawn producer and host and weekend announcer, occasional engineer for Jazzstream With Walter Parker and Jazz Unlimited and Morning Edition engineer and producer. From 1992 to 1995, Schrand worked in the corporate world, but returned as a weekend announcer in 1995. In 1996, Schrand was hired as St. Louis Public Radio Traffic Director and was promoted to assistant program director in 1998 and program director in 2001. In his spare time he writes, sings, and plays bass in the local roots quartet Salt Of The Earth, and enjoys down time with his family in St. Louis.

It's All Politics
9:53 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Five takeaways trom Tuesday at the Republican National Convention

Delegates showed their love for Ann Romney at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 5:38 am

If you missed some of Tuesday's action at the Republican National Convention, we were live blogging here and you can always read through it to see how the day and evening went.

But if you'd like to save some time, here are five things that struck us:

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