Missouri Minute: New dicamba rules stoke concern about crop damage; labor leaders focus on U.S. Senate race

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

New dicamba rules stoke concern about crop damage

Scientists are expressing concern that limits on the pesticide dicamba announced last week by the Environmental Protection Agency will not do enough to prevent widespread crop damage. The EPA last week approved the use of dicamba-based pesticides through 2020. Read more

After defeating ‘right-to-work’ law, labor leaders focus on Senate race

Democratic presidential candidates have seen support from union members — once a reliably blue bloc — dwindle over the last three decades. But labor leaders hope the shift in sentiment seen nationally could be countered in Missouri by lingering momentum from the August defeat of the state’s “right-to-work” law. Read more

Owner of radioactive landfill targets new defendant to help $205 million cleanup

Republic Services has filed an amended lawsuit that may reveal the company’s plan for handling the $205 million cleanup that the Environmental Protection Agency ordered for the radioactive West Lake Landfill in suburban St. Louis. Republic Services is now suing EverZinc, a Belgian chemical company, for the alleged role its predecessor, African Metals Corp., played in contaminating the landfill site. Read more

Platte County sues to avoid $1 million Zona Rosa debt shortfall

Platte County filed a lawsuit Friday asking a judge to find that the county is not legally obligated to cover shortfalls on bonds issued to help finance a construction project in the Zona Rosa retail district. The shortfall on the debt payment, due Dec. 1, exceeds $1 million. Platte County’s lawsuit seeks a declaration that it’s unconstitutional for the county to cover the shopping development’s debt. Read more

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