Bad news for anyone jonesing for a fresh, locally-sourced horseburger: When President Barack Obama signed the new federal budget late last week, he also signed a measure that effectively banned selling horse meat for human consumption in the U.S.. The $1.1 trillion spending package includes languag ... More >>
The most sinful city in America is also the deadliest. Making the rounds this week is yet another negative ranking that has St. Louis occupying the No. 1 spot. The Conservative Post has named St. Louis the "most deadly" place to live in America in its latest top ten list, beating out Memphis, Hous ... More >>
Once again, millions of gallons of untreated wastewater have entered the Mississippi River due to a malfunction at a St. Louis treatment plant. Yesterday afternoon, a power outage at the the Bissell Point Wastewater Treatment Plant resulted in the discharge, according to the Metropolitan St. Louis ... More >>
Last week, the Board of Aldermen's Public Utilities Committee met for four hours on a single agenda item: A pending contract between the St. Louis Water Division and the world's largest water services company, Veolia. Committee chair and 2nd Ward Alderwoman Dionne Flowers kicked off the first of tw ... More >>
Sigh. A broken valve at an Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District pump station yesterday caused untreated wastewater to discharge into the River des Peres, officials say. That break happened less than three-quarters of a mile from the Mississippi River, eventually causing the discharge of wastewate ... More >>
Officials with Walmart pleaded guilty this week to mishandling hazardous materials at retail stores in Missouri and California -- and as a result will have to pay a total of more than $110 million in fines to resolve these cases. The company, authorities say, violated a slew of federal and state env ... More >>
After months of controversy regarding the smelly Bridgeton landfill -- with heated debates about the cause of the awful stench and the potential health hazards -- the Missouri attorney general's office and the company behind the site have hammered out an agreement. Republic Services, parent compan ... More >>
Did you hear the guy who called in to Charlie Brennan's show on KMOX this morning? Said fella claimed that if you punch "St. Louis" or "Missouri" into the state treasurer's database of unclaimed property -- that's code for dinero, folks -- you'd find all kinds of local and state agencies with dol ... More >>
Crystal City forges one hell of a deal.
Lawsuits fly as Crystal City residents try to stop construction of a pig iron production plant.
Ever catch a 50-pound catfish with your bare hands? He has. So has his dad. And his granddad. And his aunts.
Week of June 8, 2005
Former Mallinckrodt workers get some long-awaited fallout
Bellefontaine Neighbors residents have lived -- and died -- with asbestos for years. The problem's an open secret, but little has been done.
Doe Run's owner has done this before -- and that has regulators braced for trouble
John Chamis and other residents of lead-contaminated Herculaneum are tired of getting jerked around by regulators and by Doe Run. They're demanding answers -- and results.
The River des Peres tells the history of St. Louis -- our relationship to nature, to this place, to our own waste. Now there's talk of "beautifying" the river we never got around to cleaning.
Since the Flood of 93, Chesterfield boosters have used millions in public money to raise a levee and turn the bottomlands into a boomtown. But betting against the river is risky business.
A North St. Louis medical-waste incinerator has spewed dioxin for a decade. Nearby residents say it's time to fight the fire.
Spent nuclear fuel could be barreling down accident-plagued, construction-delayed Interstate 70
New plans for a levee in St. Charles County raise concerns about flooding in Illinois and the completion of Missouri's popular Katy Trail
Developers of a Lemay casino have political muscle on their side. But the School Sisters of Notre Dame are betting on a higher power.
The earthquake hazard here may be greater than you think. And planning for it is less than you'd expect.
How the Page Avenue extension has been good for influential road-builder Fred Weber Inc. -- through construction contracts, profitable land sales and a sweet deal with St. Louis County to expand its golf course
Tony Ribaudo's failed effort in the scrap-iron business leaves the former state lawmaker and mayoral candidate with citations for illegal dumping and a $28,000 debt to the city
Hazelwood officials cast their lot with the developer of a controversial project in the flood-prone Missouri Bottoms. Their gamble is tearing the North County community apart.
Challenged by pro-business groups more interested in profit than in clean air, attorney Lewis C. Green fights to make the government enforce its own air-quality standards
Steve McCracken has overseen a 13-year, $800 million cleanup and burial of the radioactive waste at Weldon Spring. Now that the odyssey is nearing its end, one thought haunts him -- how to warn people in the future not to dig it up.