Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Véronique LaCapra

St. Louis Public Radio

Saint Louis, MO, United States

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Past articles by Véronique:

Aerial survey to look for valuable minerals in southeastern Missouri

The U.S. Geological Survey is searching for commercially important minerals in southeastern Missouri. But the researchers won't be using any shovels or → Read More

EPA to build a physical firebreak at the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton

After two years of delay, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday that it will move ahead with plans to build a firebreak at a → Read More

5 fun facts you may not know about poinsettias — and a few myths busted

Poinsettias are sold by the millions every year, almost all of them between Thanksgiving and Christmas. As popular as these holiday flowers are, there → Read More

Floodwaters from record rain not radioactive — but deadly for some in Missouri as many roads close

Floodwater from Coldwater Creek in north St. Louis County is not radioactive, but it could still pose a health risk. That’s according to the U.S. Army → Read More

Does demolishing buildings keep sewage out of streams? MSD and St. Louis City say yes

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is spending billions of dollars to keep sewage out of area waterways as part of a court-ordered agreement. But → Read More

Early childhood depression alters the developing brain, Wash U study suggests

Depression very early in life can affect the way a child’s brain develops. A new study by researchers at Washington University is the first to link early → Read More

Climate change could mean more downpours and droughts for Missouri's farmers

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference wrapped up in Paris over the weekend. While talking heads analyze the merits of the plan that came out of → Read More

Army Corps finds more radioactive soil at homes and businesses in north St. Louis County

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has found more radioactive contamination along a north St. Louis County creek. The latest round of sampling detected → Read More

Were you exposed to radioactive waste along Coldwater Creek? A federal health agency wants to know

Federal scientists will be in St. Louis County on Wednesday to talk with area residents about a planned public health assessment related to radioactive → Read More

Nearly 1 in 10 children with cancer is genetically vulnerable to the disease, study suggests

Almost one in every 10 children with cancer was born with an inherited genetic mutation predisposing them to develop the disease, according to a joint → Read More

Federal health agency to help study risks from radioactive creek in north St. Louis County

St. Louis County is teaming up with federal scientists to assess health risks from radioactive contamination in and around Coldwater Creek in north St. → Read More

Study: steroid shows potential for treating cataracts without surgery

Scientists have identified a chemical that could one day be used in eye drops to treat cataracts — potentially eliminating the need for expensive surgery, → Read More

Confused about Bridgeton, West Lake landfills? Here's what you should know

Updated at 5 p.m., Oct. 20 with new information -- St. Louis Public Radio is updating this FAQ to describe what we know — and don't know — about the → Read More

Republic Services casts doubt on landfill fire expert's report

Bridgeton and West Lake Landfill owner Republic Services is calling into question the validity of one of the reports released last month by Missouri → Read More

Awareness, confusion increase over situation at St. Louis County landfills

Anxiety is mounting over problems at a complex of landfills in north St. Louis County. An underground fire has been smoldering at the Bridgeton Landfill → Read More

Awareness, confusion increase over situation at St. Louis County landfills

Anxiety is mounting over problems at a complex of landfills in north St. Louis County. An underground fire has been smoldering at the Bridgeton Landfill → Read More

New genetic test can detect almost any human virus

Scientists at Washington University have developed a genetic test that can be used to detect practically any virus known to infect humans. It could be → Read More

State regulators unable to say whether air near Ameren's Labadie power plant is safe to breathe

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is recommending that the area around Ameren's Labadie power plant be designated as "unclassifiable" for sulfur → Read More

Destructive beetle found on ash trees in St. Louis County

An insect pest that has decimated ash trees in 25 U.S. states has now spread to St. Louis County. If left alone, the emerald ash borer will eventually kill → Read More

Good vibrations! These bugs do their sexting via plant stem

On a warm summer night, it can sound like there are insects all over the place, calling out from every lawn, bush and tree branch. But most of what insects → Read More