In the 1980s, the town of Times Beach, Mo. hired a contractor to spray the town’s dirt streets with oil to cut down on dust. That oil was later found to contain extremely high levels of dioxin, a known cause of cancer. Tests in the town revealed levels of dioxin 300 times what is considered safe by the Environmental Protection Agency.
An endangered beetle will be making its Missouri comeback on Tuesday.
That's when about 250 American burying beetles will be reintroduced in the Wah’Kon-Tah prairie, about 60 miles northwest of Springfield.
It's a joint effort of the Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the St. Louis Zoo.
It's been 40 years since a confirmed sighting of the insect in Missouri, and the director of the zoo’s Center for American Burying Beetle Conservation, Bob Merz, says he hopes it will get reestablished in the state.
A federal judge in southern Illinois has given preliminary approval to a $105 million settlement between Syngenta and community water systems in six states over one of the chemical maker's popular agricultural herbicides.
U.S. District Judge J. Phil Gilbert on Wednesday ruled that the deal announced last week appears to be "a good compromised result for the parties."
A new study out of Washington University has found that long-term birth control methods are 20 times more effective at preventing unplanned pregnancies.
The research compared the rates of contraceptive failure in women using long-term methods like intrauterine devices or contraceptive implants to those using short-term methods like oral birth control pills or a contraceptive patch.