The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the Ozark hellbender as a federally endangered species that cannot be harmed, killed, or bought and sold as a pet.
The Ozark hellbender is found only in the streams of the White River system in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas.
Ozark hellbender populations have dropped by 75 percent since the 1980s, with fewer than 600 remaining in the wild.
The Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary is opening a new information center overlooking the Mississippi River in West Alton.
Riverlands program manager Charlie Deutsch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the 3,700-acre sanctuary attracts tens of thousands of migratory birds every year.
Missouri health officials say the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed two more illnesses in Missouri that are linked to tainted cantaloupe.
The state Department of Health and Senior Services said Thursday that Missouri now has had three cases of listeria that are tied to contaminated fruit grown on a farm in Colorado.
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