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Gun Ownership
11:18 am
Mon May 13, 2013

A Younger Look At The Gun Debate

A.J. Chetta fires a Glock at the Jay Henges Shooting Range in St. Louis.
Credit Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio

Few things are more polarizing in American culture than guns. There is no scarcity of opinions on the issue, but a voice that we have perhaps not heard is that of a younger generation, specifically those who are 18 to 29 years old. They fall under the millennial generation, and will make up the future of gun ownership. So, what do they think? St. Louis Public Radio’s Sean Sandefur reports.

Guns Evoke Many Emotions

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Missouri State Parks
4:16 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Missouri Environmental Agency Says $400 Million Needed For State Parks

Stuart Keating of Environment Missouri speaks at a press conference at the Coronado Ballroom in St. Louis.
Kristin McGuire/Environment Missouri

Environment Missouri, a state environmental advocacy group, kicked off its campaign today by calling on state legislators to take action on what they say are $400 million worth of back-logged repairs to state parks.

The organization says that state parks are crucial to the economy, bringing an average of 18 million visitors a year, and providing over 14,000 jobs.

Parks are currently funded by (bear with me) half of a one-tenth-of-one-cent sales tax, a tax voters have continued to renew over the years. But Environment Missouri thinks that it’s not enough.

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I-64 Closures
4:37 am
Fri April 19, 2013

I-64 Closed This Weekend At Jefferson, Construction Ongoing

MoDot says I-64 will close from Jefferson to the Poplar Street Bridge starting at 8 p.m. Friday evening, July 15.
SLPR news

The Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing all lanes of Interstate 64 between Jefferson Avenue and Hampton Avenue starting at 8 p.m. Friday night until 5 a.m. Monday morning.

The closures are part of a 3 month project to replace the 50 year old Jefferson overpass.

Eastbound on-ramps will be closed from McCausland to Ewing, and westbound on-ramps will be closed from Broadway to Grand.

The Jefferson Bridge itself will close at 7 p.m. Friday.

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Peabody and Patriot Coal Protests
2:03 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Union Miners Protest Peabody In St. Louis Again, This Time, With Crosses

1000 Crosses were planted by protesters on a hill in Kiener Plaza. The crosses signified the deaths of former miners, as well as the potential loss of healthcare for retired miners.
Sean Sandefur/ St. Louis Public Radio

Hundreds of retired and current union miners from across the country descended on St. Louis on Tuesday to protest Peabody Energy and the potential loss of their pension plans.

Most of the miners worked for either Peabody Energy or Arch Coal, but their benefits are threatened by the bankruptcy of Patriot Coal last year. Patriot was spun off from Peabody in 2007, along with the healthcare obligations of many Peabody and Arch Coal employees.

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Weather
12:58 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Cleanup Continues After Severe Weather Sweeps Through St. Louis Area

Faculty and Staff of the Hazelwood School District collect and distribute supplies to residents affected by severe weather, on Saturday, April 13.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Update on Saturday, April 13 at 1:15 p.m. 

The cleanup effort in Hazelwood continues this weekend, days after the suburb was hit by a vicious spring storm that uprooted trees and destroyed homes. 

About 150 faculty and staff members of the Hazelwood School District fanned out into neighborhoods on Saturday, checking up on residents and passing along information and resources.   Staff is also collecting food and supply donations this weekend.

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Schnucks Credit Card Breach
8:18 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Schnucks Customers Dismayed By Credit Card Breach

(via Flickr/KOMUnews/Mike Anderson)

Many customers of the Schnucks grocery chain are upset about the credit card fraud that has victimized dozens of people. Investigators told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they continue to receive complaints from Schnucks customers.

It still isn't clear how the security breach occurred. For now, investigators are telling people who shop at Schnucks to pay with cash or checks.

Millinckridt Lawsuits
8:08 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Judge Dismisses All But One Mallinckrodt Chemical Co. Lawsuit

flickr/LimeTech

Just one of the eight lawsuits filed against Mallinckrodt chemical company by people who believe they got cancer from living near radioactive contamination in north St. Louis Country will move forward.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig on Wednesday dismissed claims of negligence, emotional distress and liability.

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Early Voting Initiative
2:39 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Mo. Sec. Of State Kander Urges House To Take Up Early Voting Legislation

(via Flickr/hjl)

Missouri Secretary of State  Jason Kander is urging House Speaker Tim Jones to take up early voting initiatives.

Kander wrote a letter today in response to an interview Jones gave earlier this month in which Jones questioned the importance of early voting.

Kander asked Jones to assign a Republican early voting bill to a committee, saying the issue has had bipartisan support over the years.

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Barge Accident
11:13 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Vessel Strike Caused Barges To Break Loose, Then Sink Near Cape Girardeau

A barge on the Mississippi River.
(via Flickr/roberthuffstutter)

The U.S. Coast Guard has reported that 13 coal barges became dislodged from their tow vessel near Cape Girardeau on Sunday morning, three of which partially sank into the Mississippi. So, what happened?

Most of the 25 barges were soon accounted for after the vessel struck an object around 10:30 a.m. At this time, it is still not clear what that object was.

The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge at Cape Girardeau was closed for a little more than one hour as a precaution, but it was not struck.

St. Louis Zoo Expects Elephant
10:59 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Asian Elephant Calf Will Bring Cautious Celebration To St. Louis Zoo

An Asian Elephant at the St. Louis Zoo.
flickr/jennlynndesign

An Asian elephant calf is due to be born any day at the St. Louis Zoo, cause for both celebration and concern amid the backdrop of a deadly herpes virus.

The virus has killed about 25 percent of Asian elephants born in North American zoos in the past three decades. Some animal rights activists told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it is irresponsible to breed elephants knowing the presence of the virus in the herd.

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