Great Plains (IA KS ND NE MO SD)

"Earthquake Rattles Oklahoma; One Of Strongest Recorded In State"

"An earthquake struck northern Oklahoma early Saturday morning, rattling houses and waking residents in the region around Pawnee, about 74 miles north of Oklahoma City. Preliminary measurements show the quake had a magnitude of 5.6 — believed to be one of the strongest in state history."

Source: NPR, 09/05/2016

"Report Details Lead Contamination In Water At St. Louis Schools"

"ST. LOUIS -- Water samples from 16 schools in the city school system contained lead levels that exceeded those most commonly found in homes in Flint, Mich., after a contamination crisis there, according to results released Thursday by an environmental engineering company."

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 08/26/2016

"Minnesota Prairie Restorers Recruit A Surprising Ally: Cows"

"Records say when the first plows sliced through the great Midwestern prairie, a popping sound rang through the air like a volley of pistol shots. It was the sound of millions of roots snapping against the plow's steel blade."

Source: Minnesota Public Radio, 07/01/2016

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