Health, Science, Environment

Ozark Rivers - Management
6:14 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Environmentalists urge National Park Service to protect the Current River

Ted Mathys, state advocate for Environment Missouri (at podium) and other environmentalists urged the National Park Service to protect the Current River in Missouri during a press conference at St. Louis' City Hall on Dec. 13, 2011.
(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 6:10 pm to add Congresswoman Emerson's response.

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E. coli outbreak
4:17 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Romaine lettuce sold at Schnucks identified as source of recent E. coli outbreak

A map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing the number of persons who were infected with the strain of E. coli in the recent outbreak of illness in Missouri and nine other states.
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website)

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that romaine lettuce was the source of the E. coli outbreak that sickened a total of 60 people in ten states earlier this fall.

Thirty-seven of those infected were in Missouri.

On its website, the CDC says the lettuce came from salad bars from a single grocery store chain but did not report the name of the chain. Schnucks management has confirmed that it is the chain in question.

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St. Louis Sustainability Summit
5:00 am
Mon December 5, 2011

St. Louis' first "Sustainability Summit" begins Tues.

A view of St. Louis from the top of the Gateway Arch.
(via Flickr/Nathan Reed)

Tomorrow Mayor Francis Slay will kick off St. Louis' first "Sustainability Summit." The goal of the summit is to get public input on how to boost the economy, improve quality of life, and protect the environment.

St. Louis sustainability director Catherine Werner says the summit will include an invitation-only technical session, but evening sessions will be open to the public.

That includes tomorrow's kick-off and a working session on Wednesday led by environmental justice advocate Majora Carter.

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MO Statehouse / MOSIRA
4:30 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Opponents challenge MOSIRA fund with lawsuit

(via Flickr/breahn)

A lawsuit has been filed that challenges the creation of a new fund to offer state incentives to science or technology companies.

The Missouri Roundtable for Life and Missouri Right to Life said Thursday the new fund should be void.

Legislators created the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act this year during a special legislative session.

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Conservation - Endangered Species
11:25 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Breeding program at St. Louis Zoo gives hope for giant Ozark salamander

For the first time ever, an endangered amphibian found only in a few Missouri and Arkansas counties has been successfully bred in captivity.

Officials with the St. Louis Zoo and Missouri Department of Conservation said Wednesday that 63 Ozark hellbenders have been bred at the zoo. The first hatched on Nov. 15, and an additional 120 eggs are expected to hatch within the next week.

The breeding is the result of a decade-long collaboration of the zoo and the conservation department. 

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Deer hunting
3:18 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Unusual antlered does reported to MDC by Mo. deer hunters

Deer hunters display their unusual find - a female deer with developed antlers.
(via Missouri Department of Conservation/Amy Nold)

Some Missouri deer hunters made unexpected discoveries while hunting this fall. Five female deer have been reported by hunters to the Missouri Department of Conservation sporting fully formed antlers. The antlered deer, analyzed by MDC Resource Scientist Emily Flinn, appear to be externally female. Flinn specializes in deer biology and says this phenomenon all comes down to hormones.

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Ameren / Coal Ash
12:13 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Inspections: Some Mo. coal ash ponds rated 'poor'

Seven of Ameren Missouri's ash ponds have been rated 'poor' by the Environmental Protection Agency. Ameren’s power plant near Labadie, Mo. (pictured) has been at the center of a recent debate about a proposed coal ash landfill near the plant.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

Seven of Ameren Missouri's 12 coal ash ponds inspected for structural integrity by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been rated "poor."

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Science/Mercury in Mo.
4:48 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Mo. among top states in airborne mercury pollution

Ameren’s 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Mo., is the state’s largest coal-fired power plant.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

A new report released today by Environment Missouri shows power plants in the state produce more airborne mercury than 46 other states.

The report, which uses data from the Environmental Protection Association's toxic inventory release, found that of the nearly 4,000 pounds of mercury that Missouri's 17 coal-fired power plants released in 2010, more than 70 percent came from four plants owned by Ameren Missouri.

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Environment
6:35 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Our environment: a conversation with President Obama's principal environmental advisor Nancy Sutley

Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
(Courtesy of the White House Council on Environmental Quality)

Nancy Sutley is President Obama’s principal environmental advisor and the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

She was recently in St. Louis to speak with high school students and utility regulators.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra caught up with Sutley between speaking engagements to talk about what the Obama Administration is doing to address some of the environmental issues facing our region.

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Health - STDs
11:00 am
Thu November 17, 2011

STD rates up in the St. Louis area, according to CDC report

Updated with full data tables at 2:09 p.m. (see below)

Rates of three sexually transmitted diseases are up in the St. Louis area, according to an annual report released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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