Carter Carburetor
9:58 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Concerns Over Minority Hiring Dominate Asbestos Cleanup Meeting In North St. Louis

The former Carter Carburetor plant is located on N. Grand Avenue in St. Louis.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated after the public meeting on 4-10-2014:

The meeting hosted Thursday night by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was supposed to focus on the first phase of the $30 million cleanup of the former Carter Carburetor plant in North St. Louis. That first phase involves removing asbestos from the site's main building.

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Judicial Hellholes
5:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

It's Called A "Hellhole." But Madison County Defense Attorneys Say Better The Devil You Know

The American Tort Reform Association calls the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville, Ill., the entrance to judicial hell. But those who work in the system aren't so sure.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

Every year, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) releases its annual list of so-called “judicial hellholes," a term it uses to refer to civil courts that ATRA believes are consistently unfair to corporate defendants.

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Judicial Hellholes
4:16 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

New Distinction For St. Louis: It Joins Madison County On 'Judicial Hellhole' List

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A group that lobbies to make courts friendlier to business says it’s seeing a troubling increase in the number of large product liability cases filed in the city of St. Louis.

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Steam pipe rupture
11:14 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Tests find no asbestos near steam pipe rupture, some streets reopen today

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Some streets around a ruptured steam pipe in downtown St. Louis are open again today after final test results for no risk from asbestos.

As we reported earlier this morning, the first 14 swabs from the north wall and balconies of the Lucas Lofts building and from the ground along Lucas Avenue came back negative for asbestos last night. City health director Pamela Walker tweeted around 10:15 am that the final 10 samples taken from the south wall of the Globe building were also negative.

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Morning roundup
8:22 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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Tests near steam pipe rupture show no asbestos

The St. Louis city health department says tests from buildings around the site of a ruptured steam pipe have come back negative for asbestos.

The 20-inch pipe ruptured last Thursday morning, sending a plume of steam into the downtown air, along with possible asbestos.

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Steam Pipe Rupture - Asbestos
5:20 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Health Department: Health risk 'minimal' following downtown steam pipe rupture

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Updated 3:54 p.m. with comment from Walker

We have an update on that steam pipe rupture that happened in downtown St. Louis Thursday morning.  The City of St. Louis Department of Health says that "while swab samples have indicated small amounts of ground level asbestos, air quality tests have come back clean."

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Lawsuit - Asbestos
3:53 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Granite City, Ill., lawsuit over take-home asbestos exposure to go to trial

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The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the family of Annette Simpkins of Granite City, Ill., returning her case to the Madison County circuit court for a trial.

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