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Rain Triggers Mississippi River Flooding
Mississippi River levels will continue to rise during late June into early July farther downstream at Quincy, Illinois, and eventually St. Louis. Graphic courtesy

Relentless Storms May Trigger Mississippi River Flooding
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, June 22, 2014 - Round after round of thunderstorm complexes have not only put a dent in long-term drought in parts of the Plains but also have the upper Mississippi River on the rise, according to

Rainfall between two and three times that of normal has fallen on portions of the northern and central Plains so far this June with near normal to double the average rainfall for the month in many areas farther south. Additional rounds of showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast through the coming week.

A large portion of the central and northern Plains will finish June with over a foot of rain.

Enough rain is forecast to fall on tributaries of the upper Mississippi River to continue to cause the waterway to rise into next week.

Hydrologists with the National Weather Service are projecting the Mississippi to reach major flood stage at St. Paul, Minnesota, during much of the coming week and similar levels at Burlington, Iowa, during late June.

Mississippi River levels will continue to rise during late June into early July farther downstream at Quincy, Illinois, and eventually St. Louis but lock and dam operations will significantly mitigate these levels.

Low-lying areas not protected by levees, such as farmland, waterfront properties and some roadways, will be inundated once river levels surpass flood stage.

No significant impact to barge traffic is expected from St. Louis on to the south at this time. However, if heavy rainfall continues over the central Plains and were to expand farther east over the Midwest, the situation could change in the weeks ahead.

As long as there is enough separation between individual complexes of thunderstorms farther east over the Midwest, water levels on the major rivers, such as the Ohio and lower Mississippi, should remain fairly stable or well within the operating range of barges.

Plant Science Company to Invest $13.7 million to Locate in BRDG Park
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, June 15, 2014 - A leading global plant science company has selected St. Louis to be the home of its new North American research facility.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon joined company officials of KWS, leaders from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and local economic development partners at the BioResearch and Development and Growth (BRDG) Park to announce the nearly $13.7 million capital investment by KWS that is expected to create 75 high-paying jobs in the next three to five years.

"When we first developed Missouri's Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth in 2010, we recognized that supporting the bioscience industry would be vital to the future of our economy," Gov. Nixon said. "Since then, we have seen tremendous growth in this industry as more and more bioscience companies are choosing to make their home in Missouri, strengthening the state's reputation as a bioscience powerhouse. I welcome KWS to the Show-Me State and look forward to building on this success."

KWS, headquartered in Germany, has been breeding crops for temperate climates for more than 150 years. The company provides seed cultivation of sugar beets, corn, grains, feed, oil and protein plants, vegetables and potatoes and related activities. KWS has more than 4,400 employees in 70 countries.

"With the establishment of the KWS Gateway Research Center we are now present in two of the world's prime locations for plant research: USA and Germany. Located in the BRDG Park, in the middle of a cluster of universities, institutes and startups, the planned new facility is scheduled to strengthen the position of KWS in global plant research, offering proximity to one of the key markets and major centers of excellence in plant research," said Léon Broers, KWS Member of the Executive Board responsible for research and breeding. "This will be supported by existing facilities in the BRDG Park as well as by an excellent infrastructure and a top-quality science platform."

In Missouri, KWS will operate in the Danforth Center's BRDG Park. The company will immediately begin the process to renovate 19,150 square feet of the BRDG Park's Building One to fit custom lab and office space. Adjacent to Building One, the company will also construct a dedicated greenhouse complex to conduct research and development. Over the next few years, KWS will hire a team of at least 75 research and administrative personnel.

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