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Politics
9:07 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Suits Challenge Missouri Over Secrecy About Execution Procedures

Chris McDaniel

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 9:55 pm

Two suits were filed Thursday in Jefferson City challenging Missouri officials for failing to disclose information about the drugs the state uses in lethal injections.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:13 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Odors expected to worsen during Bridgeton Landfill construction

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 5:35 pm

Updated Wednesday, May 22, 5:30 p.m.: The Department of Health & Senior Services is also posting its evaluations of the air monitoring data here. The regulatory standards that DHSS is using to estimate the health risks from landfill fumes are here.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:20 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Earthquake drill shakes things up

Missouri Shake Out/SEMA

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 4:51 pm

This morning, residents of Missouri, Illinois, and seven other Central U.S. states participated in an earthquake preparedness drill.

The annual event is known as the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. This year, close to three million people registered to participate.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:42 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Route 66 State Park passes dioxin tests

Credit Lee Harkness / Flickr

The EPA says a new round of dioxin sampling at Route 66 State Park confirms it poses no risk to park workers and visitors.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:41 am
Tue August 21, 2012

US Army Corps of Engineers considering change to reservoir water use along Missouri River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering changing how reservoir water is used along the Missouri River.

The Corps is holding a series of public meetings to get input on whether to permanently allocate some of that water for municipal and industrial uses.

What does an oil and gas boom in North Dakota have to do with Missouri River reservoirs?

Hydrofracturing – the process that gets new wells up and running – takes lots of water.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:22 am
Thu August 16, 2012

On human test subjects

Ether Dyson Flickr

This week, we'll hear about human test subjects, and talk about gender differences in math performance.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:35 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Harvesting guano to help Peruvian penguins: Saint Louis Zoo digs in

Humboldt penguins can swim at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. There are only about 40,000 left in the wild.
wwarby Flickr

Unlike their cold-weather relatives, Humboldt penguins live only in South America, along the rocky Pacific coast of Chile and Peru. The Saint Louis Zoo’s Michael Macek has been monitoring the penguins there, tracking their health and numbers.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:39 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

New research takes step toward catching Alzheimer's early

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 4:10 pm

A new study led by Washington University confirms that the brains of people with a very rare, early-onset form of Alzheimer's disease begin to change long before they first show signs of dementia.

The research brings us a step closer to early diagnosis of the more common type Alzheimer's that produces symptoms after age 60.

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Under the Microscope
6:23 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

On mid-sized farms

Eric Neill hopes at least one of his two sons – perhaps Carter, pictured with him here – will settle down on his mid-sized farm.
Frank Morris Harvest Public Media

This week, we’ll hear the final installment of Harvest Public Media’s Farmer of the Future series.

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Under the Microscope
5:47 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

On 'corporate' farming

Chris Boeckmann is a hybrid farmer who works with the large multinational corporations that control the agricultural markets, but also responds to increasing consumer demand for “natural” food.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we’ll hear the fourth installment of Harvest Public Media’s Farmer of the future series, and hear about the bacteria that live in and on our bodies.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:32 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

We’re not alone: healthy humans have more microbes than cells

Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture

The bacterium Enterococcus faecalis, which lives in the human gut, is just one type of microbe that was studied as part of the Human Microbiome Project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Researchers have completed the first comprehensive census of the human “microbiome” — the trillions of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that live in and on our bodies.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:30 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Phone line could play role in cancer prevention

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 5:27 pm

A new study out of Washington University has found that the 2-1-1 phone information system could be an effective tool to fight cancer in low-income and minority communities.

Across the U.S., people can call 2-1-1 to get help with housing, food, and other social service needs.

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Under the Microscope
3:15 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

On the future of sustainable farming

Cows stand on Dan Howell's farm in Marshall County, Kan.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we’ll hear the third installment of Harvest Public Media’s Farmer of the future series, and revisit a conversation with author Michael Pollan.

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Business
7:58 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Regulators OK new boundaries at Lake of the Ozarks

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 10:33 am

CORRECTION: We incorrectly referred to Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler's press secretary as "Steve Schwartz" in an earlier version of this post. His name is Steve Walsh. We apologize for the error.

Updated at 3:12 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. with more details.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today approved Ameren Missouri's plan to reduce the amount of land the company owns and manages along the shoreline of the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:09 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Washington University study compares short- and long-term birth control methods

A new study out of Washington University suggests that women who use short-term birth-control methods like the pill are 20 times more likely to have an unintended pregnancy than those who use longer-term options like intrauterine devices or implants.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:52 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Report: frequency of severe storms in Midwest doubled over past 50 years

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 4:45 pm

A new report from the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that the frequency of severe storms across the Midwest has doubled over the past 50 years.

The report analyzed precipitation data from more than 200 weather stations in eight Midwestern states.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:20 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Report suggests new way to handle Missouri River flooding

A new report by the advocacy group American Rivers says when it comes to managing flooding along the Missouri River, the US Army Corps of Engineers should rely on floodplains and wetlands, not levees and dams. But the Corps doesn't see flood management as an "either/or" proposition.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:26 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Pioneering scientist reflects on distinguished career

At 82 years old, Edward O. Wilson continues to work and publish in the fields of ecology and evolution.
Véronique LaCapra St. Louis Public Radio

Biologist Edward O. Wilson is an emeritus University Research Professor at Harvard. Through his life-long research on the behavior of ants, he has transformed the disciplines of ecology and evolution, developing new theories and pioneering the field of sociobiology.

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Under the Microscope
5:04 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Taking a closer look at the bacon trend

cookbookman17 Flickr

On this week's show, we’ll hear from a pioneer in the field of sociobiology, and take a closer look at an emerging food trend.

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Education
3:16 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

UMSL to host interdisciplinary conference

Starting on Thursday, the University of Missouri-St. Louis is hosting a conference on “consilience.”

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Science, Health and Technology
9:20 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Ameren shareholders reject proposals dealing with environmental concerns

Ameren Missouri shareholders met in St. Louis on Tuesday.
forwardstl flickr

Ameren shareholders have voted against three proposals that sought to push the company to do more to address environmental risks from its coal-fired power plants.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:39 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Preventing cancer: a conversation with Siteman Cancer Center's Graham Colditz

An x-ray image of a chest. Both sides of the lungs are visible with a growth on the left side of the lung, which could possibly be lung cancer.
National Cancer Institute

More than half of cancer cases in the United States could be prevented.

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Under the Microscope
5:24 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

The risks of alcohol abuse

Kenn Wilson Flickr

This week, we’ll hear from one MU researcher about the risk factors for alcohol dependence, and hear about cancer prevention. 

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Science, Health and Technology
6:00 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Environmental groups sue EPA to limit nutrient pollution

A coalition of environmental groups has filed two lawsuits against the EPA on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, seeking to limit nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin and the Gulf of Mexico.
Christine Karim Creative Commons

A coalition of environmental groups has filed two lawsuits against the EPA, seeking to limit nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Under the Microscope
5:33 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Getting stuck in a food desert

Onega's business district was left without a grocery store when its old market burned down in December 2010.
Sylvia Maria Gross Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we'll explore how some towns are dealing with poor access to affordable food. Plus, an interview with President Obama's principal environmental advisor.

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Under the Microscope
5:32 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

On food and phones

Author Michael Pollan spoke to St. Louis Public Radio's Veronique LaCapra.
Kris Krüg Flickr

 

On the show this week, we’ll revisit a report that tests the iPhone 4s’s ability to recognize accents, and hear from author Michael Pollan.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:20 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Interview with author Michael Pollan

Author and self described "food advocate" Michael Pollan.
Photo by Ken Light

Michael Pollan considers himself a writer, a professor and eater.  

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Business
12:06 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Ameren vows to increase energy efficiency

Ameren's nuclear plant in Callaway, Missouri
File photo KBIA

Ameren Missouri is pledging to increase its energy efficiency programs starting in 2013.  If the plan is approved, it would allow Ameren to provide 145 million dollars in energy efficiency rebates over three years – a cost that would be passed on to consumers.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:27 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Missouri gets 'F' for tobacco control policies, in new report from American Lung Association

File photo KBIA

A new report by the American Lung Association gives Missouri failing grades on all its state tobacco control policies. As St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra reports, the only bright spots were an expansion of state Medicaid coverage for smokers wanting to quit, and a surge in local community initiatives.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:05 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Ameren's Labadie plant named a top greenhouse-gas emitter by EPA

A map showing the numbers and locations of Missouri greenhouse gas emitters included in the new EPA data set.
EPA
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Ameren’s coal-fired power plant in Labadie is among the top ten greenhouse gas emitters in the country. That’s according to data released today [on Wednesday] by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Véronique LaCapra reports, from St. Louis.

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