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Science
4:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Saving The Monarch's Migration: A Conversation With Ecologist Lincoln Brower

Monarch butterflies cluster on the branch of an oyamel fir tree in Mexico.

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 3:15 pm

Every year, monarch butterflies undertake what seems like an impossible journey.

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Medicaid
4:51 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Illinois expanded its Medicaid program. Missouri didn’t. How are those choices working out?

In his hospital room at Touchette Regional Hospital in Centerville, patient Steven Glispie finishes signing the paperwork to enroll in Medicaid.

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 4:11 pm

 

For years in most states, Medicaid eligibility had been limited to disabled adults, seniors needing long-term care and very low-income parents with their children.

Then along came the Affordable Care Act. It was designed to grow health insurance coverage across the board. One of its tenets was to expand Medicaid coverage beyond the extremely poor and disabled to include all adults earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty levels.

But in 2012, the Supreme Court gave states the chance to opt out Medicaid expansion.

Illinois is one of 25 states that went ahead with expanding the program. Neighboring Missouri did not.

We looked into the impacts of those differing decisions. Here’s what we found out.

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Paleontology
10:22 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Dangerous Poultry: So-Called “Chicken From Hell” Was One Tough Bird

An artist's impression of Anzu wyliei, which would have lived between 68 and 66 million years ago.
Mark Klinger Carnegie Museum of Natural History

 

Imagine a bird that is eleven feet long and five feet tall at the hip. Like many birds it has a small head, feathers and long spindly legs. But it also bore some resemblance to reptiles, like long arms tipped with sharp claws and a long bony tail. Weighing it at 500 pounds, this is one big chicken.

Meet Anzu wyliei, aka, “The Chicken from Hell.”

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Harvest Public Media
2:07 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Drones: Coming Soon To A Farm Near You?

A remote-controlled quadcopter hovers over a Bloomington, Ill., parking lot, where Chad Colby offered test flights of new unmanned vehicle models.
Peter Gray Harvest Public Media

Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.

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Fracking
4:33 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Health concerns grow as frac sand mines creep into Missouri [INFOGRAPHIC]

A frac sand mine in Wisconsin. There are more than 100 located within the state.

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 10:21 am

In Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., about 100 residents gathered for a town hall meeting in 2013 to discuss a new frac sand mine in their backyard. Officials from the county, state and mining company attended to answer questions residents might have.

Neighbors peppered the panel with questions: How will the mine’s sand dust be regulated? How will you prevent it from getting into our lungs? How will the traffic and explosions affect my health, my property and the ecosystem? Concerns about breathing in the microscopic sand particles, which could lead to silicosis in the lungs, abounded.

Jane Hardy, who lives about 1000 feet from the mine, said she wasn’t satisfied with the answers.

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