Gas Prices Dropping In Southeast Missouri

Oct 27, 2014
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Gas prices are low in Southeast Missouri lately and, according to petroleum analysts, it will remain like that for the rest of the year.

Senior petroleum analyst for the website Gas Buddy Patrick DeHaan explained that gas prices decreased because of events occurring over the last two weeks overseas. He said that because Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq announced they were cutting prices on oil for the month of October, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is voluntarily cutting prices.

EPA Approval Of Enlist Duo Sparks Controversy

Oct 23, 2014
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The Environmental Protection Agency is considering approving the herbicide Enlist Duo for usage in 10 states including Missouri. It has already been approved in Illinois and five other states.

Enlist Duo is used on genetically modified corn and soybeans. The crops are engineered to withstand the chemical while it kills surrounding weeds.

It is a combination of commonly used herbicides 2, 4-D and Glyphosate, also known as Roundup.

Missouri Gets Failing Grade on Women's Health Report Card

Oct 14, 2014

Missouri ranked number 37 and earned a "D" in women's healthcare according to the 2014 Women's Health Report Card. Each state was graded on their health coverage, access to care and health outcomes.

The report was produced by the Alliance for a Just Society, an organization focused on racial and economic justice.

LeeAnn Hall is their executive director. She said Missouri has a long way to go to make sure all women have access to healthcare and good health outcomes.

Prisoner Population Increases After Years of Decline

Sep 25, 2014
David Ramsay

The number of people in state prisons increased last year after three consecutive years of decline, according to a report released by the U.S. Justice Department.

Missouri’s prisoner population went up 0.9 percent, but Illinois’ numbers stabilized.

John Maki, the executive director of Illinois prison watchdog group the John Howard Association, said it’s an achievement that the Illinois prison population did not go up after years of increase.