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Mo. wildfire threat
8:05 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Wildfire threat in Mo. will be higher this fall, Nixon says

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) addresses the media at the 2012 Missouri State Fair.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri’s drought conditions have increased the threat of wildfires across the state.


Governor Jay Nixon (D) presided over a drought briefing today at the Missouri State Fair for emergency management and public safety workers.  He says the wildfire risk will stretch into fall, as drought conditions are now expected to last through November.

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Drought/Agriculture
5:20 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Mo. approves 4,900 farmer applications for water help

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Updated 5:35 p.m. with updated figures.

Gov. Jay Nixon says the state has approved about 4,900 requests from farmers for help in improving their water supplies amid Missouri's extreme drought.

The emergency program provides for the state to pay 90 percent, rather than the usual 75 percent, of the cost of drilling or deepening a well or expanding an irrigation system. The state's share is capped at $20,000 per project.

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Morning headlines
9:07 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Morning Headlines: Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Candidates debate in Illinois' 12 Congressional District

After nearly twenty years representing Illinois’s 12th Congressional District, Jerry Costello is retiring at the end of his term.  The three candidates looking to fill the open seat debated in Carbondale last night. 

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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

McCaskill blames Tea Party, Todd Akin for holding up drought aid

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill at the Soulard Farmers Market.
Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio

In the high-profile race for U.S. Senate in Missouri, incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill is seizing on this year’s drought to win support among rural voters. 

Speaking at the historic Soulard Farmers Market, Senator McCaskill laid in to her opponent in the November election—Republican Congressman Todd Akin—for his opposition the Senate version of the federal farm bill, which includes disaster assistance for farmers reeling from this year’s record drought.

Were it not for Republicans like Todd Akin, McCaskill says that relief would be on its way to farmers and ranchers.

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Agriculture/Drought
2:23 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

MU professor: drought-damaged corn as feed can pose health risk to livestock

Drought-stricken corn in Missouri's Boone County.
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A University of Missouri veterinary professor says farmers need to be careful when feeding drought-damaged corn to their livestock.

Tom Evans is an associate professor of veterinary pathobiology at the university's College of Veterinary Medicine. He says nitrate levels can accumulate in drought-stressed corn and pose a risk to animal health.

Many farmers across the Midwest are abandoning ruined corn crops and salvaging what they can to feed to their animals, especially cattle.

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Morning round-up
9:39 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, August 9, 2012

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McCaskill gears up for campaign against Akin

Senator Claire McCaskill stopped at a sheet metal shop in Kansas City, Mo. Wednesday morning to kick off her campaign for the general election.

The Democratic incumbent criticized her newly anointed Republican challenger Todd Akin as being out of the mainstream on Medicare, student loans, and the minimum wage.

McCaskill said she will better represent the middle class.

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The Two-Way
11:25 am
Wed August 8, 2012

How hot was it? July was warmest month on record for U.S.

Only one color was needed to show where July ranks in terms of hottest months on record.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:14 pm

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Drought
12:21 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Hot summer means early, sweeter apple crop in Illinois

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With hotter-than-usual temperatures, orchards in southern Illinois are reporting their apple crops are weeks ahead of schedule.

Tom Range of Braeutigam Orchards in Belleville says they picked Gala apples last week. Normally they pick them in the middle of August.

Another surprise this year - the sugar content of the fruit is very high, making for sweeter fruit.

Sherry Chase of Mills Apple Farm in Marine explains that the apples "tend to be sweeter because the sugars are more concentrated."

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Elk deaths
11:04 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Heat, stress of move likely led to deaths of reintroduced elk

Some of the elk before their reintroduction in 2011.

Kurt Schilligo contributed reporting for this story.

The record summer heat has probably contributed to the death of some of the elk herd recently reintroduced in the Missouri Ozarks.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says six female adults and four calves died in mid-to-late July. The mothers of two of the calves were among the dead females.

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Drought
4:30 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Stuck in the middle: total drought area shrinks as Missouri gets worse

(via National Drought Mitigation Center)

Extreme drought conditions in Missouri have worsened even though nationwide the total area affected by this year’s severe dry weather has decreased slightly. That’s according to this week’s report from the US Drought Monitor.

The portion of the country facing any level of drought decreased a point to about 63 percent. Meanwhile, about 93 percent of Missouri is in an extreme to exceptional drought.

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