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Morning headlines: Friday, March 23, 2012

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Eads Bridge connecting St. Louis and East St. Louis over the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River is the second-most toxic river in the United States.

Mississippi River is second-most toxic river in United States

A new report released by Environment Missouri says the Mississippi River is the second-most toxic river in the nation.

Data released Thursday shows that 12 million pounds of toxins were dumped into the Mississippi in 2010, with 672,000 pounds being released in Missouri. The only waterway more toxic is the Ohio River.

Environment Missouri is calling for pollution prevention measures and stricter law enforcement to protect the rivers.

Two in custody for shooting police officer

Updated 9:48 a.m. with additional information. See our earlier post on this story here.

Two adult males are in custody for the shooting of a St. Louis police officer who apparently interrupted a burglary at his home.

The 45 year-old sergeant was off-duty when he was shot in the stomach around 12:30 p.m. yesterday at his home in Riverview in St. Louis County.

The sergeant underwent surgery and is recovering. He is in stable condition according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

March is record-breaking month for weather in St. Louis

This month's warm weather in St. Louis is officially record-breaking.

The National Weather Service says temperatures at the observation site at Lambert Airport have hit 80 degrees or higher nine times in March, breaking the record of eight 80-degree days in 1910.

The record-breaker came on Wednesday. Temperatures cooled Thursday, with highs in the 60s. Weather is expected to gradually warm into the 70s by early next week.


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