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25 km W of New Madrid, United States / pop: 3,200 / local time: 04:07:15.1 2017-04-25
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Distances: 567 km S of Chicago, United States / pop: 2,696,000 / local time: 09:25:12.7 2017-03-19
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Musician Chuck Berry dies at the age of 90

Chuck Berry received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984
The rock and roll legend Chuck Berry has died at the age of 90, police in the US state of Missouri have said.
In an update on Facebook, police said: “The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.
“The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement.”
Courtesy of Sky News

Tens of thousands of birds to be killed due to avian flu in Missouri, USA

H5N2 Virus

The second confirmed case of avian influenza in a turkey operation in Missouri has been reported by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
The second case in the state was reported late Monday in Moniteau County at a turkey growing facility. The facility, on Newkirk Road in Fortuna, houses 21,000 turkeys. The MDA is continuing to coordinate response with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, state health officials and industry partners.
Earlier, state officials reported Sunday that turkeys at a grower facility in Jasper County – a flock of 30,100 birds – had been infected with the H5N2 avian influenza. USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) reported it was the first time H5N2 had been detected in Missouri.
State Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, said he has confidence Missouri’s agriculture department will contain this illness. Parsons said he had been informed MDA would be instituting “rapid response” to the outbreak at the facility in Moniteau County.
“I have every confidence that the Missouri Department of Agriculture will be able to contain this outbreak,” Parson said from his Jefferson City office. “I am confident Missouri Agriculture can step in and handle this situation.”
Missouri agriculture officials report the state agency continues to follow strict protocols to contain and eliminate the disease. The facilities were immediately quarantined and the remaining turkeys in the involved flocks will be depopulated and will not enter the food system. Testing procedures are underway at properties near the affected facilities to ensure the virus has not spread.
Marvin Childers, president of the Poultry Federation of Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, said the outbreak of illness in the poultry operations should not be considered a threat to the public’s healthy or the food supply. He added that the virus is carried by wild waterfowl.
“Our poultry and egg companies give serious consideration and take immediate preventative steps whenever an avian influenza outbreak is confirmed,” Childers said. “We will supply whatever resources are needed to the MDA and the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) as they implement their coordinated response.”
Childers emphasized that this strain of avian influenza found is lethal to birds but is not known to have caused disease in humans and is not expected to pose a risk to public health.
While lethal to birds, no human cases of these avian influenza viruses have been detected in the United States, Canada, or internationally, MDA officials report. The specimens from Moniteau County were tested by the state animal health diagnostic lab in Springfield and the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Iowa confirmed the finding.
MDA encourages all bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard enthusiasts, to continue practicing good biosecurity, preventing contact between their birds and wild birds, and reporting sick birds or unusual bird deaths to a veterinarian and the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health division.
Courtesy of sedaliademocrat.com

Plane carrying 50 passengers makes emergency landing after pilot spots fuel leaking from wing, Springfield, Missouri, USA

Plane Emergency Landing

A plane carrying about 50 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing after a mid-air fuel leak was discovered less than halfway into its flight.


The pilot reported fuel leaking from the right wing while the American Eagle flight was en route to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Dallas, Texas yesterday.


The two-hour flight was aborted and the aircraft landed safely in Springfield, Missouri.


As a precaution, firefighters and other emergency responders were waiting on the tarmac when the jet landed at Springfield-Branson National Airport, according to ABC News affiliate KSPR.


Passengers were on the ground for about an hour before they were put on a different plane to continue their journey to Milwaukee.


American Eagle, owned by American Airlines, had another jet available at the airport because the carrier has a maintenance base in Springfield, KSPR reported.


Mechanics were brought in to examine and fix the plane that was forced to make the emergency landing.

A mechanic inspects the plane after it made an emergency landing in Springfield, Missouri
A mechanic inspects the plane after it made an emergency landing in Springfield, Missouri

Major Flooding Closes 2 Mississippi River Bridges, USA

Bridge Closure Alert

Two Mississippi River bridges closed due to flooding, and with more storms in the forecast, there was growing concern Monday that conditions could worsen in parts of Missouri and Illinois.

The Champ Clark Bridge at Louisiana, Missouri, closed at 5 p.m. Sunday, creating an inconvenience for those who travel between Missouri and Illinois on U.S. 54. The next nearest bridge is in Hannibal, Missouri, 35 miles to the north. The river is expected to crest nearly 10 feet above flood stage in Louisiana on Tuesday, but it could be the weekend before water is off the road on the Illinois side of the crossing.

The Quincy Memorial Bridge in Quincy, Illinois, shut down Monday morning. The impact there wasn’t as severe because Quincy — with 41,000 residents, the largest Mississippi River town between Davenport, Iowa (population 100,000) and St. Louis — has two bridges. Illinois Department of Transportation spokeswoman Paris Ervin said all traffic is being routed to the Bayview Bridge, which sits higher than the Memorial and is not threatened.

Water levels on the Mississippi shot up in the past couple of weeks due to a series of strong storms in the upper Midwest. Flooding has closed roads and swamped thousands of acres of farmland in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.

The river was starting to drop in Iowa towns including Burlington and Keokuk, but still rising in Missouri and Illinois. Crests — in some cases 10 feet above flood stage — were expected this week.

But more rain was on the way, this time in northern Missouri, potentially adding water to the Mississippi just north of St. Louis. This could cause an increase in the Missouri River, which is currently below flood stage. National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Fuchs said 2 inches of rain or more were possible Monday night and Tuesday morning.

“It’s definitely getting into the realm of major flooding, no question about it,” Fuchs said. “If the Missouri does go up into flood stage, that will aggravate things from St. Louis to points south.”

The Missouri flows into the Mississippi north of St. Louis, and the river widens. For now, the Mississippi at St. Louis is expected to crest 2 feet above flood stage on Sunday, causing little damage. But if the flood worsens, work along Memorial Drive that is part of the effort to revitalize the area around the Gateway Arch could be delayed.

Route 79 was closed near Clarksville, Missouri, where out-of-town volunteers and inmates from a nearby prison joined local residents in building a sandbag wall. By Monday morning, 95 percent of the wall was complete, Missouri State Emergency Management Agency spokesman Mike O’Connell said.

Clarksville, a tiny town known for its scenic river view and assortment of artist and craft shops, is a popular day destination for St. Louis area tourists. The town has no permanent flood protection.

Homes and businesses were threatened in another tourist town, Grafton, Illinois, north of St. Louis, where the Mississippi is expected to reach 9 feet above flood stage on Saturday.

The wet start to summer continued Sunday in western Michigan, where storms with winds estimated at more than 80 mph damaged homes and businesses. The National Weather Service said a possible tornado touched down briefly south of Grand Rapids. Injuries were reported, but the severity wasn’t immediately known.

Flash flood warnings were in effect in several Michigan counties.

Flood waters to close parts of Mississippi River -Army Corps, USA

Flood Alert

Rising flood waters were expected to make 11 locks and dams impassable on the upper Mississippi River, forcing the closure of the river later on Monday from Bellevue, Iowa, to Saverton, Missouri, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.

The closure was expected to be the most extensive since 2008 on that stretch of the country’s busiest waterway while at least 80 tows were unable to pass, said Ron Fournier, public affairs officer for the Army Corps’ Rock Island district.

Plane crashes & pilot miraculously walks away in Maryland Heights, USA

Plane crash on 364

A twin-engine airplane developed trouble shortly after takeoff from Creve Coeur Airport and crashed during the pilot’s attempt to return to the runway, authorities said.

The first 911 calls from motorists on Missouri 364 were recorded at 4:53 a.m. Thursday. The crash site is just west of the highway. The airport is across the road to the east.

The pilot managed to get out of the wreck of the Cessna 414 and made a 911 call to alert authorities that he had been the only person in the plane.

Maryland Heights Police Chief Bill Carson said the pilot, James Turner, 48, of Chesterfield, told investigators he had just taken off for a flight to Kentucky when he noticed a warning light about the cargo door. As he was looping back to return to the runway, his left engine failed.

Debris from small plane crash

“He said the plane descended immediately and he couldn’t keep it from going down,” Carson said.

Corey Irelan, a battalion chief for the Pattonville Fire Protection District, said of the pilot’s condition, “As he was being transported, he was breathing fine and able to talk.”

The airplane crashed near a bicycle trail just west of the highway and probably clipped a power line and trees, he said. The site is west of a standard flight approach to the airport runway.  

The crash and fire destroyed the airplane. Missouri Highway 364 was closed during the emergency response.

Assisting Pattonville Fire were the Maryland Heights, Monarch and Central County fire districts, and the St. Charles County Ambulance district. Irelan said his department led the response because it covers the Missouri 364 river bridge. The first 911 calls put the crash near the bridge.

Plane crash on 364

Tornado damages or destroys hundreds of homes in Missouri town, USA

Tornado Hampton 02.06.12

A tornado destroyed or damaged 200 to 300 homes in a small town east of Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday but caused no injuries, officials reported.

The tornado touched down in Orrick, Missouri, at 5:45 p.m., damaging a school and a Baptist church, said Collin Stosberg, public information officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Television news footage showed homes with roof and interior damage and others with only their shell standing. The twister flattened other buildings, felled large trees and flipped over cars and campers.

Stosberg said police who saw threatening skies and a tornado taking shape were able to sound sirens 10-to-15 minutes before the twister hit.

“It gave people time to seek shelter,” Stosberg said, adding that the advance warnings likely prevented injuries.

Orrick, a town of about 820 people, lies some 30 miles northeast of downtown Kansas City.

Less than two hours later, another apparent tornado touched down about 60 miles to the east near Marshall, Missouri,

Fire Chief Tony Day said.

Two barns were flattened and trees and power lines were toppled in rural areas near the towns of Slater and Arrow Rock, but no injuries were reported.