Maria Altman en Mississippi River Communities Brace For Flooding Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now here's a change. Earlier this year, the worst drought conditions seen in the Midwest in decades threatened to close the Mississippi River to barge traffic. Now, communities along the river in Missouri and Illinois are bracing for flooding.<p>St. Louis Public Radio Maria Altman reports.<p>MARIA ALTMAN, BYLINE: The threat of flooding on the Mississippi River came on quickly after last week's storms dumped rain across the Midwest. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:34:00 +0000 Maria Altman 26660 at Bankruptcy Affects More Than Patriot Coal's Retired Miners Retired miners are converging on St. Louis Tuesday for a union rally to protest a proposed cut in health benefits. Patriot Coal is in bankruptcy and has asked a federal judge to allow it to shed most of the health coverage for nearly 10,000 retired miners. But most of those miners never worked a day for Patriot. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 09:29:00 +0000 Maria Altman 26311 at