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Forecasters Predict Another Hot Dry Summer

Let’s hope the soil is soaking up all this rain and snow, because a new report shows that Missouri is in for another hot, dry summer in 2013.



Drought, Cattle Shortage Crippling US Beef Industry

Years of drought are reshaping the U.S. beef industry with feedlots and a major meatpacking plant closing because there are too few cattle left in the United States to support them.


Low water levels on Mississippi River near St. Louis could cause barges to stop costing billions

Recent Rains Ease Fears Of A Mississippi River Shutdown

There had been concern that barge traffic would grind to a halt due to an ongoing drought, widely considered by experts to be the worst in decades.


Drought Forces Missouri Ethanol Plant to Suspend Production

POET Biorefining says all workers at the Macon facility will stay on, spending their time doing maintenance-related work.


Low water levels on Mississippi River near St. Louis could cause barges to stop costing billions

Mississippi Rock Blasting Puts River In Ship Shape

Project averts for now halt to shipping on the river.


Severe Drought Threatens Midwest Corn Crops

2012 Was 10th Driest Year in Illinois History

State climatologist Jim Angel says the timing of the drought, and the heat, were brutal on the crops.


Water Main

Drought, River Temperatures Blamed For Spike In Water Main Breaks

Breaks in cold weather are not unusual but Ann Dettmer says there are other reasons we’re seeing about 20 breaks each day, thirty percent more than usual.


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Mystery Car Revealed By Low River Levels

The older model Chevy Malibu was revealed by low water levels Wednesday at Sioux Passage County Park.


CANADIAN, TX - Cattle rest at a watering hole in a pasture July 28, 2011 near Canadian, Texas. A severe drought has caused shortages of grass, hay and water, in much of the state, forcing ranchers to thin their herds or risk losing their cattle to the drought. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as exceptional drought, the worst level. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Drought Complicates Watering Cattle This Winter

As shallow ponds freeze, that creates challenges. Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole says some farmers already are hauling water.


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State Pension Crisis Is Illinois’ Top 2012 Story

Blagojevich to prison, Jesse Jackson Jr. resignation, also make the top-10.




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