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A New Tool Can Help Mississippi River Cities Plan For Future Floods

A new online data and mapping tool went live today, and its creators hope municipalities in flood-prone areas will use it to plan for and respond to natural disasters.

The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative and the U.S. Department of the Interior created an electronic portal in response to this yearís near-record flooding. The MRCTI Imagery and Information Viewer aggregates maps, weather forecasts and up-to-date data on floods and droughts ó all information necessary for cities to better plan for natural disasters.

Scott Morlock, acting U.S. Geological Survey director for the Mid-Continent Region, said the idea for the portal came about when MRCTI asked for satellite imagery after the floods. In addition to the frequently updated satellite imagery, the portal gives users access to live rain and flood forecasts through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as well as data from USGS stream gauges.

ďIf cities are going to do a mitigation plan looking at future events, they can use that historical record to see whatís going to happen,Ē Morlock said.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-tool-can-help-mississippi-river-cities-plan-future-floods

Marty the grocery store robot is a glimpse into our hell-ish future

Attention shoppers: I've seen the future of grocery store technology, and let me tell you, we can do better.

Iím no Marty McFly. I simply reside in a small Connecticut town, which means that in addition to doing Extremely New England things like commuting to the city on the Metro North, bragging about beaches, and the fact that the state inspired the picturesque fictional town in Gilmore Girls, I occasionally spend some time on the weekends shopping for groceries at a local Stop & Shop.

Prior to 2019, the Stop & Shop shopping experience was similar to that offered by most any other large grocery store chain. But this year, Stop & Shop introduced giant, gray, aisle-patrolling robots at more than 200 stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Jersey.

Now, food shopping comes with unprecedented levels of anxiety and absurdity

https://mashable.com/article/stop-and-shop-marty-robots/

Politically Speaking: Rep. David Wood Breaks Down The Big Drop In Missouri's Medicaid Rolls

State Rep. David Wood is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The Versailles Republican spoke with St. Louis Public Radioís Jaclyn Driscoll and Jason Rosenbaum about controversy in the stateís Medicaid program and other issues.

Wood was elected to Missouriís 58th House District in 2012. Heís currently serving his final term in the General Assemblyís lower chamber, where heís chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee for health, mental health and social services.

Hereís what Wood had to say during the show:

Wood discussed at length the drop in the number of children in the stateís Medicaid program. Itís an issue thatís alarmed Democrats in the General Assembly, and prompted Republican House Speaker Elijah Haahr to be agreeable to hearings on the issue.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/politically-speaking-rep-david-wood-breaks-down-big-drop-missouri-s-medicaid-rolls

Gardner Says It's Her Duty To Ask For New Trial In 1995 Murder Case

The St. Louis prosecutor is defending her authority to ask for a new trial for a man she says was wrongfully convicted of murder and armed criminal action 24 years ago.

Kim Gardner last month filed a motion for a new trial in the case of Lamar Johnson. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1995 for shooting and killing Marcus Boyd ó a conviction that Gardnerís office argued was tainted by police and prosecutorial misconduct.

The Midwest Innocence Project has worked on Johnsonís case since 2010, so the request for a new trial from Gardnerís office marks a rare instance where prosecutors and defense attorneys agree that a defendant is innocent. But late last month, Circuit Judge Elizabeth Hogan ordered the Missouri attorney generalís office to ďappear on behalf of the stateĒ in Johnsonís case, essentially taking the place of Gardner.

Hogan is also asking all of the attorneys to lay out whether Gardner even has the right to ask for a new trial.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gardner-says-it-s-her-duty-ask-new-trial-1995-murder-case

Belleville Priest Who Said He 'Never Hurt A Child' Accused For Second Time Of Sexually Abusing A Boy

Catholic church leaders in the Belleville Diocese promoted a priest they knew as a danger to children until he was in charge of their largest parish and its grade school, where he is accused of sexually abusing students, according to a civil suit filed earlier this month.

Joseph Schwaegel, who was first accused of child sexual abuse in a 1999 lawsuit, has been named in a new complaint filed against the diocese July 19 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Schwaegel died in 2016. During his career, diocese officials had given him the elevated title of monsignor and eventually made him rector of Bellevilleís St. Peterís Cathedral and superintendent of Cathedral Grade School.

He was added to the dioceseís list of accused priests who were removed from their churches in 1994.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/belleville-priest-who-said-he-never-hurt-child-accused-second-time-sexually-abusing-boy

Yang calls out 'reality TV show' style elections that resulted in Trump: 'We need to be laser-focuse


Andrew Yang ripped the media and U.S. politics in general during his closing statement at Wednesday's Democratic presidential primary debate in Detroit, trashing America's "reality TV show" elections that he said contributed to President Trump's 2016 victory.

Yang remarked during his closing statement that some in the media focused on his wardrobe during the first debate rather than his policy proposals and called on voters to be "laser-focused" on dealing with pressing issues facing the country.

We're up here with makeup on our faces and our rehearsed attack lines, playing roles in this reality TV show," Yang quipped. "It's one reason why we elected a reality TV star as our president.

"We need to be laser-focused on solving the real challenges of today," he added.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/455675-yang-calls-out-reality-tv-show-style-elections-that-resulted-in-trump-we

Yang calls out 'reality TV show' style elections that resulted in Trump: 'We need to be laser-focuse

Andrew Yang ripped the media and U.S. politics in general during his closing statement at Wednesday's Democratic presidential primary debate in Detroit, trashing America's "reality TV show" elections that he said contributed to President Trump's 2016 victory.

Yang remarked during his closing statement that some in the media focused on his wardrobe during the first debate rather than his policy proposals and called on voters to be "laser-focused" on dealing with pressing issues facing the country.

We're up here with makeup on our faces and our rehearsed attack lines, playing roles in this reality TV show," Yang quipped. "It's one reason why we elected a reality TV star as our president.

"We need to be laser-focused on solving the real challenges of today," he added.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/455675-yang-calls-out-reality-tv-show-style-elections-that-resulted-in-trump-we

Missouri Tax Returns Delayed, Auditor Galloway Calls For Action

Tens of thousands of Missourians are still waiting to receive their state tax refunds this year.

And some are saying this yearís wait is particularly bad.

State Auditor Nicole Galloway said this has been an issue for years, under both Republican and Democratic governors. Despite significant improvements in the timeliness of refunds last year, Galloway said problems persist and little has been done to remedy the situation.

ďI donít care where this problem started from, whether it was Nixon or Parson, but it needs to be fixed,Ē Galloway said. ďAnd the Department of Revenue and the governor who leads the Department of Revenue needs to address the issue on behalf of taxpayers.Ē

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-tax-returns-delayed-auditor-galloway-calls-action
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