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Public Health
9:02 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

As Snow Melts, Red Cross Calls for Blood Donations

Credit (KWMU staff)

The American Red Cross is asking donors to help replenish the St. Louis region’s blood supply after snow and frigid weather prevented blood collection for several days.

Red Cross spokesman Dan Fox says snow and cold across the country have led to a shortfall in donations.

“Here in the Missouri-Illinois region over the past five or six days, we’ve had to cancel more than 30 blood drives because of the weather,” Fox says. “And as a result of that, we’re seeing a shortfall of close to 900 units of blood and platelets.”

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US Supreme Court
5:59 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

US Supreme Court To Take On Missouri Drunk Driving Case

The United States Supreme Court building in Washington, DC.
(via Flickr/Phil Roeder)

Jacob McCleland of KRCU's reporting used in this story.

The US Supreme Court will pick up a case that could determine whether police can legally administer blood tests without a warrant.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol officer took Tyler McNeely to a Cape Girardeau hospital for blood tests after he failed field sobriety tests but refused the breathalyzer.

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Blood donations
6:29 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Extreme heat impacting blood donations

The Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal for blood donors. Nationwide, the supply is less than half of what it was when a similar appeal was issued last year.
(via Flickr/KOMUNews)

The American Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal for blood donors.

Donations to the Red Cross are down ten percent across the country in June, and officials with the agency say the current blood supply is half the level it was last year when it issued a similar plea.

Local Red Cross spokesman Dan Fox says the extreme heat keeps potential donors away.  He says people tend to give when natural disasters strike, even though the need is year-round.

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