Unleaded is a joint investigation by The Missouri Independent and NPR's Midwest Newsroom exploring the issue of high levels of lead in children in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

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Missouri Independent, Midwest Newsroom host discussion on high levels of lead in children

BY: - April 18, 2022

Thousands of children in the Midwest continue to have elevated levels of lead in their blood. On Tuesday at 7p.m., join The Missouri Independent and NPR’s Midwest Newsroom for a Facebook Live discussion of the issue, which is the subject of a months-long collaborative investigation by the two organizations. Tune in to hear more and […]

Known to be toxic for a century, lead still poisons thousands of Midwestern kids

BY: and - April 11, 2022

When the pediatrician recommended Lisa Pascoe have her then-toddler tested for lead poisoning, she thought there was no way he could be at risk. Everything in her South St. Louis home had been remodeled. But then the nurse called to say her son’s blood lead level was dangerously high — five times the level federal […]

Missouri House bill would cut down on poisonous lead in school drinking water

BY: and - March 29, 2022

Missouri children would be better protected from lead poisoning under a state legislative bill to  require schools to nearly rid their drinking water of the dangerous toxin. The bill, heard Monday by the House Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, would require schools to test drinking water, remove old coolers and filter water where lead is […]

Kansas State to study cost-effective ways cities can reduce exposure to lead in soil

BY: - March 10, 2022

A new study being conducted by Kansas State University researchers is looking at ways to reduce the risk of exposure to lead in soil in the hopes of finding affordable methods that could be replicated around the country. Ganga Hettiarachchi is a professor of soil and environmental chemistry and is leading the research with her […]