There's a new arrival to the world, and St. Louis.
A black rhinoceros calf was born at the St. Louis Zoo on Jan. 14. The "little" male weighs in at 120.5 pounds.
According to a press release, the Saint Louis Zoo’s black rhinos are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Black Rhino Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program to manage a genetically healthy population of black rhinos in North American zoos. Currently there are 60 black rhinos in 38 institutions.
The release also shares that this is the first black rhino calf to be born at the Zoo in 20 years.
The location of the Ameren Rush Island power plant in Festus, Mo. Emissions violations at the plant are the topic of a lawsuit against Ameren Missouri filed today by the U.S. Department of Justice in St. Louis, Mo. (Google Maps)
The federal government filed a lawsuit today against the energy company for violations of the Clean Air Act.
The suit alleges that Ameren made multi-million-dollar modifications to its coal-fired power plant in Festus (map image above), without installing required pollution controls and obtaining the necessary permits.
The government wants Ameren to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, to address any harm caused by the violations, and to pay civil penalties.
Ameren spokesperson Susan Gallagher says the company did nothing wrong.
"We believe that the position that the EPA is taking will impose significant costs on Ameren customers, especially in tough economic times."
Gallagher says the modifications at the Festus plant consisted of routine maintenance projects allowed under the Clean Air Act.
Dr. James Carrington, incoming president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center gives his remarks while former U.S. Senator John Danforth and his brother William Danforth (R) look on at the announcement of the ending of the Danforth Foundation.
Monsanto today announced progress on nine of its research projects on genetically-engineered crops.
Speaking on a conference call with reporters, Monsanto's vice president of biotechnology, Steve Padgette, said several collaborations with the Germany-based BASF Plant Science will be moving forward in 2011.
Tiffany Buchta, one month after her kidney-pancreas transplant. [NOTE TO VIEWER: The other photos in this slideshow are of Tiffany’s transplant surgery.] (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)
St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra records surgeons Dr. Mark Earl (left), Dr. Jason Wellen (center), and Dr. Majella Doyle (right) during Tiffany Buchta’s transplant surgery. (Judy Martin Finch)
The surgeons sew a piece of duodenum (small intestine) from the transplanted pancreas to Tiffany’s own intestine. This will allow the digestive enzymes produced by the transplanted pancreas to be excreted as waste. (Véronique LaCapra)
The surgeons adjust the placement of the metal retractors that hold Tiffany’s abdomen open during surgery. (Véronique LaCapra)
Before being transplanted, the donated kidney is kept cold on a bed of ice. (Véronique LaCapra)
The surgeons sew in the vein of the pancreas. (Véronique LaCapra)
Tiffany’s transplanted kidney (top left, dark pink) and pancreas (center). (Véronique LaCapra)
Dr. Mark Earl holds Tiffany’s appendix, preparing to remove it. (Véronique LaCapra)
The surgeons remove Tiffany’s appendix with a stapling device. (Véronique LaCapra)
The surgeons make sure there are no kinks in Tiffany’s intestine before closing her abdomen after surgery. (Véronique LaCapra)
The surgeons prepare to close Tiffany’s incision. (Véronique LaCapra)
Dr. Mark Earl stitches Tiffany’s abdominal wall. (Véronique LaCapra)
Dr. Mark Earl staples Tiffany’s incision. (Véronique LaCapra)
The surgeons remove the adhesive, iodine-impregnated plastic sheet that protected Tiffany’s skin during surgery. (Véronique LaCapra)
Type 2 diabetes – the kind related to obesity and an unhealthy diet – gets a lot of attention these days. But there’s another, less common, form of the disease – type 1 – that can also lead to life-threatening complications.
St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra takes us behind the scenes at a local hospital, for the transplant operation that got one St. Louis-area woman off dialysis, and made her diabetes-free.