Slay Introduces Sustainability Plan For St. Louis

Mayor Francis Slay has unveiled the first-ever sustainability plan for the city of St. Louis. Slay and his so-called “Vanguard Cabinet” of young city residents developed the plan with community input over the last two years. Read Rachel Lippmann’s report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Shipping Woes Ease On Mississippi River

Recent heavy rains and snow have raised water levels on the drought starved Mississippi River.  Even though shippers are back to carrying normal loads, an industry spokesperson says  shippers remains anxious about the future.

Read Tim Lloyd’s report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Report: 2011 Flood “Exposed Vulnerabilities” On Mississippi River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the near-historic Mississippi River flood of 2011 caused $2.8 billion in damage and tested the system of levees, reservoirs and floodways like no other flood before it. Read the report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Chart Presents Possible Bi-State Sequestration Cuts

The possible trims include those at military bases, and school districts and programs that protect the environment and public health.  Read the graphic presented by Brent Jones of the St. Louis Beacon. 

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Bi-state Battle Brewing Over Bootheel Floodway Levee Plan

While Missouri’s U.S. senators are pressing the Obama administration to take action on the long-delayed St. John’s Bayou-New Madrid Floodway project in the Bootheel, officials in far southern Illinois are urging their representatives in Congress to block the project. Read Rob Koenig’s report in the St. Louis Beacon.

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Local Environmentalists Voice Support For National Climate Change Rally

During his State of the Union Address last week President Barack Obama told the nation that now is the time to take action on climate change. Over the weekend hundreds of Missourians traveled to Washington to take part in a rally  aimed at pushing the president to make good on his pledge. Read Tim Lloyd’s report for St. Louis Public Radio.

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Local Group Appeals Court Decision Allowing Coal Ash Landfill In Labadie

A local environmental group has filed an appeal in an ongoing effort to keep Ameren from building a coal ash landfill next to its power plant in Labadie. Read Véronique LaCapra’s report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Obama Lays Out A Progressive Agenda And A Challenge To Congress

An aggressively optimistic President Barack Obama urged Congress Tuesday night to tackle an ambitious domestic agenda that included raising the minimum wage, reforming immigration and gun laws. Republicans dubbed it a throwback to bigger government.

Read Rob Koenig’s report for the St. Louis Beacon.

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Reaction To Obama’s Speech Once Again Divided Along Party Lines

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Missouri and Illinois lawmakers generally split along party lines when reacting to President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union speech since winning re-election last November. Read Jason Rosenbaum’s report in the St. Louis Beacon.

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On Book Tour, Gore Addresses Economy, Politics And Climate Change

The former vice president took issue with the Republican characterization of wealthy Americans as “the job creators,” saying the nation’s middle class really  deserved the title — and that the “hollowing out” of middle-class jobs was the real threat to the nation.

Read Jo Mannies’ report in the St. Louis Beacon.

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