Birds Point Levee
5:49 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Contractor dams Birds Point Levee rebuild with protest

Satellite images show the Birds Point-New Madrid floodway before (bottom) and after (top) the intentional breech of the levee.
(via Flickr/NASA Earth Observatory)

Reporting from KRCU’s Jacob McCleland.

Construction at the Birds Point-New Madrid Levee has come to a halt - a contractor protested the Army Corps of Engineers' bid process.

A&M Engineering and Environmental Services, from Tulsa, Oklahoma challenged the Corps’ decision to award the $2.4 million contract to rebuild the upper crevasse to Young’s General Contracting, from Poplar Bluff.
Corps spokesperson Jim Pogue says the Corps must now go through a thorough review process.

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Air Pollution - Diesel
5:46 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Local tugboats to run cleaner with help of federal grant

The tugboat MSY Dorothy will get cleaner-burning engines this summer, paid for in part by a grant to JB Marine Service, Inc., from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Some Mississippi River tugboats will be getting an upgrade thanks to a federal grant aimed at reducing air pollution.

The more than $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will go toward new, cleaner-burning diesel engines for the tugboats.

One of those boats was on view this morning at JB Marine Service, Inc., the barge cleaning and repair company that received the EPA grant.

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Terrorism
3:55 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Former St. Louis airport cab driver sentenced to over 13 years in terrorism case

A refugee from Somalia who worked as an airport cab driver in St. Louis has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for providing money to a terrorist organization in Somalia.

The sentence for 31-year-old Mohamud Abdi Yusuf was handed down today in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. He pleaded guilty in November, admitting that he raised nearly $6,000 for al-Shabab, which was trying to overthrow the provisional government in Somalia.

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3:50 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Jazz and Juneteenth: 5 songs which speak of the freedom struggle

Lead in text: 
According to the Missouri State Archives, Juneteenth is officially recognized today in 41 states, including Missouri. NPR Music provides this selection of "five recordings, picked by five musicians, which represent the triumphs and tribulations within the freedom struggle."
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Today, June 19, is a holiday known as Juneteenth - the oldest commemoration of slavery's end. Though the Emancipation Proclamation declared the freedom of slaves in Confederate states on Jan. 1, 1963, it was only on June 19, 1865 (months after Confederate forces had surrendered) that Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, to spread news of the war's end, and to enforce the proclamation in Texas.
Election 2012
12:41 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court: Nasheed, Taylor to stay on Democratic primary ballots

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

Updated 4:34 p.m. with comments from Rep. Sylvester Taylor. 

Usually, the residency requirement for political candidates is just another box to check, but two cases involving St. Louis-area office-seekers have not been so clearly defined - until today.

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Developing: Paul McKee
11:52 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court will hear McKee north St. Louis development case

The Missouri Supreme Court will consider the fate of Paul McKee's plan for a major redevelopment of north St. Louis.

The fate of a massive redevelopment in north St. Louis city will rest with the Missouri Supreme Court.

In an order issued today, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District wrote that it agrees with a district court ruling throwing out developer Paul McKee's $8 billion plan for the 1,500-acre site, but "because of the general interest and importance of the questions involved, we order this cause transferred to the Missouri Supreme Court ..."

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Bats
10:15 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Endangered bats on vacation in Missouri and Illinois - and why biologists are tracking them

A little brown bat showing symptoms of white-nose syndrome in Greeley Mine, Vermont (April, 2009).
(Marvin Moriarity/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Biologists are tracking the Indiana bat at their summer locations through sites in Missouri and Illinois, hoping to gather information that will help numbers rebound for the endangered species.

The bat hibernates in caves in the winter and summers in forested areas, most frequently in the central United States.

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Morning round-up
7:26 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Morning headlines - Tuesday, June 19, 2012

(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)
(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)

Study says region needs more immigrants

A new study to be released this morning says the St. Louis region needs to attract more immigrants if it wants to thrive in the current economy.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch got an advance look at the study, written by Saint Louis University professor Jack Strauss.

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cost of ballot measures
5:30 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Mo. Auditor's office: zero costs/savings for judicial and health exchange ballot questions

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Two ballot questions going before Missouri voters in November won’t cost or save the state any money, according the State Auditor’s office.

One in particular would make changes to how appellate judges are selected.  The fiscal note for that measure was put together by Deputy Auditor Harry Otto.

“(We contacted) four statewide offices, 20 other departments/agencies, the House and Senate," Otto said.  "Out of those 24 places that we contacted we received comments from 16, and all 16 said ‘no costs associated with this measure.’”

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Callaway Nuclear Power Plant
4:41 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Another legal objection filed against Callaway nuclear renewal

Ameren Missouri's Callaway Nuclear Plant.

Ameren's request to renew the operating license for its Callaway Nuclear Power Plant with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, for the next 20 years, has garnered another legal challenge.

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