5:58 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Mo. small businesses harmed by drought eligible for federal aid

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Missouri businesses directly harmed by the summer heat and drought can get low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Small nonfarm businesses, agricultural cooperatives and nonprofit organizations are eligible for up to $2 million for expenses caused by the drought.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared a disaster for 114 Missouri counties, making farmers eligible for low-interest loans and other assistance.

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FEMA Funding
5:50 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Bridgeton still waiting on 'Good Friday Tornado' funding

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder listens to public input about Missouri’s response to the 2011 ‘Good Friday Tornado’ at an interim committee hearing Aug. 1, 2012.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is asking the State Emergency Management Agency to explain why the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton has not received $500,000 in FEMA funds to help it recover from the 2011 Good Friday tornado.

Kinder chairs an interim legislative committee on disaster preparedness, response and recovery, which agreed today to give SEMA 48 hours to respond.  

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2:37 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Ameren gets approval for 'most aggressive' energy efficiency plan ever in Mo.

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Missouri utility regulators have given approval for what Ameren Missouri calls the most aggressive energy efficiency plan ever in the state.

Under the plan approved Wednesday by the Missouri Public Service Commission, Ameren will invest $147 million over three years in several programs that seek to reduce electricity use by 800 million megawatt-hours.

The plan was part of a negotiated settlement among Ameren, PSC staff, consumer advocates and environmental groups.

Environment - Pollution
1:29 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Former Doe Run subsidiary criticized for smelter pollution in Peru

The Doe Run facility in La Oroya, Peru.
Courtesy Tim Campion

Updated 1:20 p.m. August 1 with reopening of smelter

The Doe Run Peru smelter in La Oroya, which had been clsoed due to financial and environmental compliance issues since 2009, resumed zinc processing operations over the weekend.

Peru's Minister of Energy and Mines, Jorge Merino Tafur, is reported to have said that lead smelting would also resume in the not too distant future. Restarting copper production would likely take longer, since that would require building a plant to control sulfuric acid emissions.

Doe Run Peru is owned by the Renco Group, which also owns the St. Louis-based Doe Run Resources Corporation. The metal smelting companies in Missouri and Peru have operated independently since 2007.

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12:58 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

How the poor, the middle class and the rich spend their money

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Take a look at this report from NPR's Planet Money team. How does it compare with your life? Do you spend more on education or health care? What about entertainment? Explore their visual take on the statistics via the link.
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For a historic look at spending in America, see our post What America Buys. For more, see our Graphing America series. How do Americans spend their money? And how do budgets change across the income spectrum? The graph below answers these questions. It shows average household spending patterns in for U.S.
Higher Education
12:42 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Nixon announces 'Innovation Campus' grants

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Will be updated.

Missouri officials are awarding nine grants worth nearly $9 million to create so-called "Innovation Campuses" involving colleges and universities.

The program pairs universities and colleges with businesses to train students for jobs in high-demand fields. It also is aimed at helping students earn their degrees faster and graduate with less debt.

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Baby Elephant
11:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

250 pound baby coming soon to Saint Louis Zoo

The Asian elephant herd at the St. Louis Zoo, shown here in 2012, is set to grow by one. Ellie (far left) is expecting her third daughter in spring 2013.
Stephanie Richmond Courtesy of the St. Louis Zoo

The Asian elephant herd at the Saint Louis Zoo is about to grow again.

The Zoo announced today that Ellie is pregnant with a female calf. It's her fourth pregnancy and third birth - she miscarried in 2010 at 36 weeks. The typical elephant pregnancy lasts about 22 months, so Ellie's latest calf is due in the spring of 2013.

The Zoo says typical newborn elephants weigh between 250 and 350 pounds.

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9:28 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Drought takes toll on river transport cities

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There's more sun and heat in the forecast for St. Louis. Not great for a region that's in the midst of the worst drought in decades. Now, we've heard about the effect the drought is having on on farmers -- but it turns out it's also shrinking the shipping lanes in the Mississippi River. Our own Adam Allington reports for Marketplace Morning Report this morning. See more via the link.
Because of the drought, there is only one shipping lane on the Mississippi. So the barges on the river have to coordinate in a way they've never had to.
Morning round-up
9:26 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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St. Louis alderman killed in car crash

Members of the St. Louis Board of Alderman are mourning the loss of a colleague this morning. The Missouri Highway Patrol has confirmed that 54-year-old Gregory Carter, Alderman of the 27th ward has died in an early morning crash on eastbound 370 in St. Charles County.

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Developing: Vehicle Crash
7:22 am
Wed August 1, 2012

St. Louis alderman Gregory Carter killed in crash

St. Louis Alderman Gregory Carter.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Updated at 7:48 with confirmation from Missouri Highway Patrol (with later updates and more information below):

The Missouri Highway Patrol has officially identified Gregory Carter, alderman of the 27th ward,  as the victim of the early morning vehicle crash on eastbound 370 in St. Charles County.

Carter was killed after the UPS truck he was driving for work collided with a tractor trailer, which was apparently stopped to assist a previous accident. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Carter was 54 years old.

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