Leap Day Storms
3:15 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Governor Nixon seeks federal disaster declaration in response to "Leap Day" storms

Mo. Governor Jay Nixon is seeking federal assistance for the recovery from the severe storms that hit the region on Feb. 28 and 29.
(UPI/Ryan Dean)

Mo. governor Jay Nixon is seeking federal assistance for 18 Missouri counties hit by last week's violent storms.

Nixon said Wednesday he has requested a federal major disaster declaration for parts of southern and northern Missouri struck by tornadoes, hail and high winds on Feb. 28 and 29. The weather was blamed for three deaths, dozens of injuries and widespread property damage.

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Severe Weather
10:04 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Severe weather watches continue to move through St. Louis area

Flickr/Just Arrived

Get the most recent watches and warnings for Illinois here, and for Missouri here.

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Morning Round-up
8:51 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, March 2, 2012

A Mo. House member is sponsoring legislation to restrict vasectomies
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Mo. House member proposes restriction on vasectomies

A Missouri House member frustrated with recent legislative debates over birth control and reproductive health is proposing to restrict vasectomies. 

Legislation sponsored by Democrat Stacey Newman would only allow vasectomies when they are necessary to protect a man from serious injury or death. The vasectomies would have to be performed in a hospital, ambulatory surgery center or health facility licensed by the state Department of Health and Senior Services.

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Climate Change - Extreme Weather
10:00 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Weather disasters hitting Missouri hard, says new report

A new report by Environment Missouri discusses recent weather disasters, climate change, and regulation of carbon dioxide emissions.
(Environment Missouri)

A new report from Environment Missouri presents data on U.S. federally-declared weather disasters from 2006 to 2011, and says climate change will make extreme weather events like droughts and storms more common – and more severe.

State advocate for Environment Missouri, Ted Mathys, says 2011 was a particularly bad year for extreme weather in Missouri and across the country.

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Morning round-up
9:26 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Morning headlines: February 13, 2012

A snowflake.

Snow to fall on St. Louis region today

A winter weather advisory is in effect until midnight. The National Weather Service says the winter storm will bring snow into Central Missouri this morning and will spread eastward across the St. Louis area during the day and continue into tonight.

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St. Louis weather
5:22 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Shorts in January

Temperatures reached in the 60s on Monday, January 30, 2012.

Thirty years after a massive snow storm that paralyzed the St. Louis area for several days, many in the Gateway City have been spending time outdoors in shorts and T-shirts.

Temperatures reached into the 60s on Monday, a far cry from the scene on Jan. 30, 1982. That year, some parts of the region got up to 2 feet of snow that caused thousands of power outages. Some people were stranded for weeks inside their homes.

Forecasters expect highs again in the 60s today. Temperatures are expected to fall off - but not much - through the rest of the work week.

Winter weather
4:38 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Region gears up for first wintery blast

MoDOT snowplows are ready to go as the region prepares for its first winter storm of the season.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Three weeks into the winter season, and the weather forecast is just now starting to feel like it, with snow and falling temperatures in the forecast.

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8:11 am
Fri December 30, 2011

2011 to be remembered as year of weather extremes

Damage to the nose of an American Airlines plane can be seen through a shattered window in the C concourse at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis on April 23, 2011.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The year 2011 got off to a strange start following a rare winter tornado on New Year's Eve. It was one of a number of severe weather events during the cold weather months, followed by the F-4 tornado that hit north St. Louis County and Lambert Airport in April, and plenty of flooding.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kramper says it was a very unusual first five months.

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Morning round-up
7:53 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, December 30, 2011

Mo. lawmakers will take up school funding formula when they convene January 4.
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Mo. lawmakers to consider changes to school funding formula

Legislative leaders say addressing Missouri's school funding formula is one of their top priorities for the annual session that starts Wednesday.

Because of tight budgets there has not been enough money in recent years to fully fund the education formula. That has prompted concern that the distribution of the money could benefit certain districts at the expense of others.

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Mo. 2012 pre-filed bills
4:31 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Mo. lawmakers begin pre-filing bills for 2012 session

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri lawmakers began pre-filing bills today for next year’s legislative session, which begins January 4th.

One bill was influenced by the deadly Joplin tornado.  If passed, it would allow Missouri residents to deduct up to $5,000 from their state income taxes for building storm shelters on their properties.  It’s sponsored by State Representative Terry Swinger (D, Caruthersville).

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