Health, Science, Environment

Science
4:27 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

FIRST Robotics International Championship Will Stay In St. Louis

These students and their robot participated in the 2011 FIRST Regional Robotics Competition.
(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Kids with robots will continue coming to St. Louis for the next few years. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) announced today that the world finals of its robotics competition will take place in St. Louis from 2015 to 2017.

The international competition has been held in St. Louis for the last three years and is scheduled to remain here next year, as well. Today’s announcement guarantees that the championship will return to St. Louis for the next three years after that.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:23 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Healthcare Administrator Answers Questions About Health Insurance Marketplace

A doctor's stethoscope
(Via Flickr/Rosemary)

The online marketplace for health insurance – one of the major provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act – goes live Tuesday, October 1. With the hours winding down until enrollment begins, we wanted to provide a platform for your questions to be answered.

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Affordable Care Act
5:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Confused About The New Online Health Insurance Marketplace? We Have Answers

The Affordable Care Act's online health insurance marketplace opens October 1.
Flickr Creative Commons Users/Compiled By Kelsey Proud, St. Louis Public Radio

Starting on October 1, Missourians will be able to shop for health insurance through a new online marketplace. It’s one of the biggest changes in health insurance coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.

But there’s still a lot of confusion about how the exchanges will work.

St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra spoke with the Missouri Foundation for Health’s Ryan Barker to try to get some answers.

How will Missourians access the new health insurance options?

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Health Care
11:06 am
Sat September 28, 2013

St. Louis Health Care Project For Low-Income Residents Receives Funding Extension

A doctor's stethoscope
(Via Flickr/Rosemary)

Thousands of low-income St. Louis City and County residents will continue to receive health services through a network of community health centers.

Last night the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved a one year, $30 million funding extension for Gateway to Better Health, which will be used to cover the costs of providing health services to people between 19 to 64-years-old who are making up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Affordable Care Act
5:38 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Insurance Premiums In New Online Marketplace Will Vary By Place, Age

Credit Flickr/Tax Credits

A new report released on Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finds that average premiums in the new online health insurance marketplace opening Tuesday will be lower than expected in most states.

In Missouri, the average monthly insurance premium for a family of four making $50,000 a year will start at $72. That’s for the lowest level of coverage, after a tax credit.

But prices will vary depending on where in the state you live.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:10 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

The Science Of Global Warming: How Do We Move Past Debate To Solutions?

Burning fossil fuels, like oil and coal, produces pollutants — including carbon dioxide, which contributes to climate change (© Kenn W. Kiser/Morguefile)

There is a consensus among scientists that global warming is occurring, and the increase in temperature is man-made. The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is currently preparing a new report on the topic that is expected to include strongly worded warnings to reduce the world's consumption of fossil fuels.

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Bridgeton Landfill
6:26 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Republic Services To Build Firebreak Between Radioactive Waste And Smoldering Bridgeton Landfill

Republic Services says it will extend this plastic cap over the entire landfill. The company also plans to build a firebreak between the radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill and the underground fire at Bridgeton.
Credit Missouri Department of Natural Resources

The company that owns the Bridgeton Landfill has changed its plans for keeping an underground fire at the site from spreading to nearby radioactive waste.

Republic Services says it will now move forward with building a firebreak between the Bridgeton and West Lake landfills.

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Affordable Care Act
7:08 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Top U.S. Health Official Says Insurance Marketplace Will Help Many ― But Not All

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius speaks to reporters at St. Louis City Hall, while St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis City Health Director Pam Walker, and St. Louis County Health Director Delores Gunn look on (left to right).
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in St. Louis on Thursday to talk about the Affordable Care Act.

Sebelius met with city and county officials and representatives of the local healthcare community in a closed-door session at St. Louis City Hall.

Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, Sebelius said as of October 1, Missourians will be able to purchase health insurance through a new online marketplace.

Sebelius said many of Missouri's 800,000 uninsured will be able to get coverage.

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Pesticides
3:41 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Missouri Department Of Agriculture Warns Of Pesticide Telemarketing Scam

Flickr/Nate Steiner

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is warning consumers about a pesticide telemarketing scam.

Farmers, gardeners and others have received phone calls from salespeople claiming to offer high quality herbicides at below market prices.

The products have turned out not to be properly registered or labeled.

An agriculture department spokesperson declined to say what exactly was in the purchased products, what company ― or companies ― are involved in the scam, or whether the fraud extends to other states.

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Climate Change
5:38 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Missouri’s Power Plants Among Worst U.S. Greenhouse Gas Polluters

This report by the Environment America Research & Policy Center says coal-fired power plants are responsible for about 40 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide pollution.
Credit Environment America

Missouri's coal-fired power plants are among the largest sources of carbon dioxide pollution in the country and a significant contributor to global warming.

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