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That dried out, old Christmas tree is good for more than firewood.  It can become a home for fish.  The Missouri Department of Conservation is accepting donated natural trees to establish fish habitats in two St. Louis-area lakes. Officials say man-made lakes don't have much fish habitat, and the trees provide a woody sanctuary. 

Conservation crews tie the Christmas trees to concrete blocks and sink them in 4 to 7 feet of water where the trees attract invertebrates -- a good food source for small fish, which then attract larger fish. Young fish also can hide among the trees.  

Donated trees will be accepted until January 13th at Creve Coeur Lake and at Lake 34 in the August A. Busch Conservation Area.

Thursday, 26 December 2013 13:29
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It was a very Merry Christmas for one lottery player in Missouri.  The winning Powerball ticket from last night's drawing was sold in Missouri and matched all six numbers. The jackpot totaled $71.5 million. The winning numbers were: 23, 28, 38, 39, 56, and the Powerball number was 32.

Lottery officials advise that if you hold the winning ticket, be sure to sign the back and put it in a safe place until you can take it to the Missouri Lottery Headquarters in Jefferson City. 

The Missouri winner has 180 days to claim this prize, which in this case is June 23, 2014.  The winner can select to receive the jackpot prize in 30 graduated annuity payments or in one lump-sum payment worth approximately $39.8 million before taxes. 

Thursday, 26 December 2013 12:45
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  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri is preparing to start screening every newborn for a heart disease that can cause developmental delays or death if left untreated. The screenings for critical congenital heart disease are required under a new state law that takes effect January 1st. The Department of Health and Senior Services says an estimated 140 babies are born in Missouri each year with the disease.  The noninvasive screenings measure oxygen in the blood and show if a newborn needs treatment with a catheter or surgery.   The Missouri agency says the tests will prevent babies from being sent home with the risk of developing serious complications in the first few weeks of life.

 


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   HERCULANEUM, Mo. (AP) - For more than two centuries, the Mississippi River town of Herculaneum has been tied inseparably to lead. The heavy, dull-gray metal has long been mined in southern Missouri.
   But the end of the long tradition is in sight for the small community about 25 miles south of St. Louis. The company that runs the smelter, Doe Run Company, has decided to cease most operations at the end of the year, citing rising regulatory costs.
   Lead has been both kind and cruel to Herculaneum. It has given the town an identity and ready jobs, but it also has created environmental and health concerns so worrisome that the federal government designated it a Superfund site.
   Many of the town's children were found to have dangerously high lead levels in their blood
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