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SIUE Students To Study Water Quality With EPA Grant

BELLEVILLE — Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will research water quality in the region with a $100,000 educational grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The grant provides funds to train undergraduate students in environmental sampling and analysis over the next two years. The funds will also support teaching the students to communicate the results of their work to the public. Students will be guided by faculty, but they’ll be conducting the day-to-day work, said Kevin Tucker, an assistant professor of chemistry.

“They’ll be the ones actually out in the field doing the collection, in the laboratory doing the analysis,” Tucker said. “In the end they’ll be the ones responsible for the data and standing by their work.”

The student researchers will focus on how emerging pollutants, like prescription drugs, shampoos and other personal care products, may be concentrated in the local watersheds.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/siue-students-study-water-quality-epa-grant

'All I Can See Is Their Faces': 4 Killed, 5 Injured In Bar Shooting In Kansas City, Kansas

Updated at 8:30 p.m. — Celeste Trevino was dancing with a "friend of a friend" early Sunday morning at Tequila KC. It was about a half-hour before closing time when two men came into the close-knit neighborhood bar in Kansas City, Kansas. One of the men walked toward the pair.

“We were talking and dancing,” she said through tears at a Sunday night vigil, “and the next thing I knew, he wasn’t there anymore.”

Her dance partner, whom she called Ever, was killed, along with three other Latino men ranging in age from their mid 20 to late 50s. Five others were wounded. Police said they don’t believe the shooting was racially motivated — but said it wasn’t random, either.

No one was in custody as of Sunday evening. Authorities hadn’t provided much information beyond what they told reporters early in the day: They were trying to determine whether someone had returned to Tequila KC after having an argument there earlier in the evening. Officials released still photographs of the two men, taken from surveillance footage.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/4-dead-5-injured-overnight-bar-shooting-kansas-city-kansas

Missouri Supreme Court To Decide If Voters Without Photo ID Must Sign Affidavit

The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday on whether a portion of the state’s voter identification law is unconstitutional.

The law allows three methods to cast a vote. People can show a photo ID; another form of identification, like a utility bill, but are then required to sign an affidavit; or they can cast a provisional ballot, which will only count once they return to show ID or election workers match their signatures with a past ballot.

The signed affidavit option is what Priorities USA, a Democratic-aligned voting rights group, argues is unconstitutional. Last year, Senior Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan agreed, saying the language in the affidavit was misleading and confusing.

During oral arguments, Marc Elias, representing Priorities USA, said the affidavit discourages people from voting because they are subject to perjury. He pointed out what he considers flaws within the affidavit, line by line.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-supreme-court-decide-if-voters-without-photo-id-must-sign-affidavit

Pritzker To Decide If 'Tobacco 21' Becomes Law


The Illinois Senate Thursday approved raising the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. All eyes now turn to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who has yet to say where he stands on the idea.

Some lawmakers say they’re confident Pritzker will sign the plan into law, which would prohibit the sale of tobacco products to those under 21 and penalize businesses that violate it. But—the democratic governor has stayed mostly silent on the issue.

In an unrelated press conference, Pritzker said those who smoke should pay higher taxes on cigarettes and start paying a tax on vaping products. He talked about his children and smoking.

"As the parent of teenagers, I don’t want my kids to take up cigarette smoking, I don’t want them to take up vaping, but people who choose to do it can help subsidize, for example, the healthcare of others in the state”.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/pritzker-decide-if-tobacco-21-becomes-law

Pritzker To Decide If 'Tobacco 21' Becomes Law

The Illinois Senate Thursday approved raising the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. All eyes now turn to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who has yet to say where he stands on the idea.

Some lawmakers say they’re confident Pritzker will sign the plan into law, which would prohibit the sale of tobacco products to those under 21 and penalize businesses that violate it. But—the democratic governor has stayed mostly silent on the issue.

In an unrelated press conference, Pritzker said those who smoke should pay higher taxes on cigarettes and start paying a tax on vaping products. He talked about his children and smoking.

"As the parent of teenagers, I don’t want my kids to take up cigarette smoking, I don’t want them to take up vaping, but people who choose to do it can help subsidize, for example, the healthcare of others in the state”.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/pritzker-decide-if-tobacco-21-becomes-law

Schnucks To Stop Selling Tobacco Products By January 2020


Grocery chain Schnucks announced Thursday it will stop selling tobacco products beginning Jan. 1. The company plans to sell existing inventory of cigarettes, chewing tobacco and similar products through the end of the year.

Spokesman Paul Simon said the announcement falls in line with the Maryland Heights-based company’s increasing focus on health and wellness.

“They are a profitable part of our business, but our company’s mission is to nourish people's lives, and tobacco products directly contradict that mission,” he said. “And that means we decided they simply didn’t belong in our stores.”

Simon declined to disclose how much revenue the private company makes from those products.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/schnucks-stop-selling-tobacco-products-january-2020

Schnucks To Stop Selling Tobacco Products By January 2020

Grocery chain Schnucks announced Thursday it will stop selling tobacco products beginning Jan. 1. The company plans to sell existing inventory of cigarettes, chewing tobacco and similar products through the end of the year.

Spokesman Paul Simon said the announcement falls in line with the Maryland Heights-based company’s increasing focus on health and wellness.

“They are a profitable part of our business, but our company’s mission is to nourish people's lives, and tobacco products directly contradict that mission,” he said. “And that means we decided they simply didn’t belong in our stores.”

Simon declined to disclose how much revenue the private company makes from those products.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/schnucks-stop-selling-tobacco-products-january-2020

Ameren, MoBot Are Making Solar Power More Affordable For Homes, Schools And Nonprofits


Two recently launched programs in Missouri aim to lower cost barriers for residents, nonprofits and businesses that want access to solar energy and to reduce their carbon footprint.

Ameren Missouri began taking applications today for its $14 million Neighborhood Solar program. Under the program, Ameren will pay the cost of installing and maintaining solar panels for up to seven schools, nonprofits or community organizations.

The Missouri Botanical Garden and Washington University also recently began offering St. Louis and St. Louis County residents discounted rates for installing panels on their properties.

Given the success of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Grow Solar program in other states, it’s a good time to offer it in St. Louis, said Glenda Abney, director of the garden’s EarthWays Center.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ameren-mobot-are-making-solar-power-more-affordable-homes-schools-and-nonprofits

Ameren, MoBot Are Making Solar Power More Affordable For Homes, Schools And Nonprofits

Two recently launched programs in Missouri aim to lower cost barriers for residents, nonprofits and businesses that want access to solar energy and to reduce their carbon footprint.

Ameren Missouri began taking applications today for its $14 million Neighborhood Solar program. Under the program, Ameren will pay the cost of installing and maintaining solar panels for up to seven schools, nonprofits or community organizations.

The Missouri Botanical Garden and Washington University also recently began offering St. Louis and St. Louis County residents discounted rates for installing panels on their properties.

Given the success of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Grow Solar program in other states, it’s a good time to offer it in St. Louis, said Glenda Abney, director of the garden’s EarthWays Center.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ameren-mobot-are-making-solar-power-more-affordable-homes-schools-and-nonprofits

Stalled: Transit Union Says No Deal On Proposed Employment Contract

The transit union that represents MetroBus and MetroLink workers voted Monday to reject Bi-State Development’s most recent proposed new employment contract.

Union representatives said the contract fell short on worker safety, wages and medical benefits.

Bi-State Development and the Amalgamated Transit Union 788 have been negotiating for more than a year. The existing contract’s one-year extension expired at the end of June. A new contract would affect the wages and benefits of more than 1,500 workers across St. Louis-area transit systems in Missouri and Illinois, including vehicle operators and mechanics.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stalled-transit-union-says-no-deal-proposed-employment-contract
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