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Severe Weather, Tornadoes Take Aim at Midwest
Damaging winds, hail, flooding downpours and even a few tornadoes should be expected on Monday and Tuesday with Monday being the more active of the two days.. Graphic courtesy

Severe Weather, Tornadoes Take Aim at Midwest Monday Through Tuesday
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, June 29, 2014 - Severe storms will focus around the Midwest heading into the new week with thunderstorms eventually reaching the Northeast.

"The impacts of the storms will be damaging winds, hail, heavy rain and tornadoes." said Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity.

"The storms will sweep through and impact cities from Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Louis Monday and Monday night, then will move into Cleveland, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh on Tuesday." said Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Similar to the storms on Sunday, damaging winds, hail, flooding downpours and even a few tornadoes should be expected on Monday and Tuesday with Monday being the more active of the two days.

The timing of these storms can lead to high impacts around the major travel hubs in the Midwest on Monday and Tuesday.

Evening commutes can turn treacherous as torrential downpours significantly reduce visibility for those driving on the roadways, as well as increase the risk of hydroplaning.

Those headed to the airports should also prepare for delays not only because of the extreme weather, but also the higher volume of travelers for the Independence Day week.

As storms roll through, temporary ground stops may be put in place at major airports such as O'Hare International in Chicago. This can backup flight departures through the rest of the day as airplanes become backed up on the tarmac.

Wind gusts associated with the storms will also lead to power outages and property damage as they are expected to be strong enough to blow over trees and power poles.

Missourians Can Search for and Claim Lost U.S. Savings Bond Proceeds
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, June 29, 2014 - House Bill 1693 has been signed into law by Governor Jay Nixon. This bill will allow the Treasurer to begin the process of returning unclaimed U.S. savings bonds to the Missourians who purchased them. The bill passed the General Assembly with unanimous support.

"Currently, my office holds U.S. savings bonds for which the proceeds remain in possession of the federal government," Treasurer Zweifel said. "This bill will allow my office to begin to reclaim those bonds and eventually return the proceeds to the Missourians who own them."

"House Bill 1693, sponsored by Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, authorizes the Treasurer's office to initiate legal action to obtain title to the savings bonds in his possession. This ensures that Treasurer Zweifel will be able to safeguard the value of the bonds in perpetuity for the Missourians who own them."

"This is a good government measure that will allow me to better protect Missourians' hard-earned money," Treasurer Zweifel said. "We saw an opportunity to once again streamline crucial services, and with the help of the legislature my office is equipped with the necessary tools to further protect Missourians' unclaimed assets. I thank Governor Nixon for signing this legislation into law."

Treasurer Zweifel currently holds more than 7,100 U.S. savings bonds with an estimated value of $1 million. The Treasurer's office currently holds more than $822 million in Unclaimed Property for more than 4.8 million accounts. Since taking office in 2009, he has returned approximately 47 percent of all Unclaimed Property in state history back to Missourians.

Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex Remains Suitable for Public Use
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, June 29, 2014 - Results of a scientific surface gamma radiation screening of the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC) in Bridgeton, Mo., suggest the multi-purpose outdoor recreational facility remains suitable for public use, according to EPA Region 7.

In a release, EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks said, "EPA's analysis of data collected from more than 58,000 surface points across BMAC suggests no levels of gamma radiation that would pose public health concerns for users of this facility. This was a thorough scientific survey, coupled with meticulous review and quality control checks of the data."

EPA announced on May 9, 2014, that it would conduct the BMAC screening in response to citizen concerns. The screening, which began on May 19, included a surface screening using a sodium iodide detector that traveled approximately 45 miles of transecting lines across BMAC, as well as the collection of more than 100 surface soil samples from locations throughout the complex.

To help determine if any detections of radiation at BMAC were consistent with those found naturally in the area's environment, EPA conducted gamma screening at nearby Koch and Blanchette parks. Analysis of the surface readings at BMAC found gamma radiation levels comparable to those at the other two parks.

EPA expects validated results from the BMAC soil sampling data by the end of July. Samples of surface soils were collected from infield areas, outfield areas, grassy areas outside of playing fields, and from drainage areas. EPA also worked with the community group that screened areas of the complex earlier this year to identify the areas where they collected soil samples, so that EPA could collect soil samples from those same locations. All of EPA's collected soil samples were sent to a certified laboratory for analysis.

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