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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:23 am
Tue December 1, 2009

Quinn defends Illinois' early prisoner release program

Chicago – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is defending his decision to release about 1,000 inmates early because of budget woes.

Quinn said the state is releasing prisoners in a "very prudent manner" and officials are monitoring them.

Inmates with a history of violence toward people are not eligible.

The Democrat said he wants to be "very cautious" about granting early releases and he says he won't rush the program.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:21 am
Tue December 1, 2009

Feds launch website in effort to solve bank robberies

St. Louis – Federal investigators have launched a new website aimed at solving bank robberies in St. Louis and elsewhere in eastern Missouri.

BanditTrackerStLouis.com includes photos of at-large suspects, details about the holdups, and maps.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Roland Corvington said the internet is an efficient way to gather tips.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:59 pm
Mon November 30, 2009

Charter exits bankruptcy

St. Louis – St. Louis-based Charter Communications has emerged from bankruptcy.

A federal judge in New York approved the cable and Internet company's plan November 17th. It allowed the company to shave more than $8 billion off a $21 billion debt that accumulated as Charter bought up smaller companies and upgraded its service to compete. The company has reported a loss every year since going public in 1999.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:50 am
Mon November 30, 2009

BBB warns about 'Cyber Monday' scams

Chicago – The Better Business Bureau is warning online shoppers to be vigilant on this Cyber Monday, the online counterpart to Black Friday.

The BBB recommends keeping documentation of online orders and watching credit card statements for suspicious charges.

A computer used for shopping should have the most recent updates installed for spam filters, antivirus software and anti-spyware.

Federal law requires that orders made by mail, phone or online be shipped within 30 days.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:48 am
Mon November 30, 2009

Missouri hunters shoot fewest deer in a decade

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation says the November firearms deer season produced the lowest harvest in the state in a decade.

The department says between Nov. 14 and 24, hunters killed slightly more than 193,000 deer. Last year, hunters took nearly 201,000.

State biologist Lonnie Hansen said most of the deer are shot during the first two days of the season. But this year, the second day of the season was cold and wet, causing a drop in numbers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:24 am
Mon November 30, 2009

Mo. lawmaker says FBI inquiring about failed sales tax measure

State Rep. Timothy Jones.
Mo. House of Representatives

Jefferson City, Mo. – A St. Louis-area lawmaker says he's been interviewed by the FBI as to why Missouri House members failed to act on legislation affecting city sales tax rates.

Republican Timothy Jones of Eureka sponsored the bill, which would have allowed cities to continue charging multiple sales taxes, as long as they didn't exceed certain limits.

House Speaker Ron Richard (R, Joplin) says he doesn't know why the FBI is asking question about the bill's failure.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:23 am
Mon November 30, 2009

Son of Catholic priest who spoke out about experience dies at 22

St. Louis – A suburban St. Louis man whose father was a Roman Catholic priest has died of brain cancer at age 22, according to today's New York Times.

After he was diagnosed with the terminal illness, Nathan Halbach of O'Fallon, Mo. decided to speak out about growing up knowing his father was a priest.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:18 am
Mon November 30, 2009

I-64 overhaul enters final week

St. Louis – Drivers in St. Louis could face one last major snarl this week as the rebuild of Interstate 64 winds down.

Missouri Department of Transportation spokeswoman Linda Wilson says workers are installing guardrails and signs, and finishing the striping along the stretch between Interstate 170 and Kingshighway.

That includes repainting lane lines on the ramps at the 170 interchange. Wilson said the work on Thursday and Friday may cause some delays.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:11 am
Fri November 27, 2009

Natural resources chief says he's ready for more budget cuts

Jefferson City, Mo. – The 2010 Missouri legislative session is just over a month away. State lawmakers and members of Governor Jay Nixon's cabinet are making preparations for what's expected to be another financially-strapped fiscal year, as state revenues continue their downward trend.

Mark Templeton, Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, said his agency is not as dependent on state tax collections.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:35 am
Fri November 27, 2009

Slay wants to eliminate Lambert Airport smoking lounges

St. Louis – Mayor Francis Slay says he wants to make Lambert Airport smoke free in a little more than a year.

The airport is in St. Louis County but is owned by the city. Its ventilated smoking lounges are exempt from recently-passed indoor smoking bans, but Slay said this week on his blog that he wants Lambert to be smoke free by January of 2011.

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