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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:51 pm
Tue May 26, 2009

Metro East waterlogged as rain continues

St. Louis, MO – The National Weather Service is predicting that slow moving thunderstorms could dump several more inches of rain on the waterlogged Metro East.

Up to eight inches of water fell Monday night causing flash flooding and damage to residential and commercial properties.

Larry Ringering of the Madison County Emergency Management Agency says that basements in Edwardsville, Collinsville and Glen Carbon have filled with water.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:48 pm
Tue May 26, 2009

Nutrient may prevent brain and spinal cord birth defects

St. Louis, MO –

Scientists at Washington University's School of Medicine in St. Louis say inosital, a nutrient found in grains and nuts, may help prevent brain and spinal cord birth defects. Researchers found when female mice couldn't metabolize inositol, about 15% of their embryos had defects like spina bifida, or a split spine.

Lead researcher Monita Wilson says folic acid can prevent about 70% of brain and spinal cord birth defects and inositol may further decrease the chances.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:57 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Heavy rain forces home evacuations in Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Ill. – Two homes had to be evacuated Monday and power was shut off near downtown Edwardsville because of heavy rain.

Edwardsville Fire Department Lieutenant Bob Morgan told the Alton Telegraph that storm sewers were overwhelmed, and the residents of the homes had to leave because of problems with the structures’ brick foundations.

Several roads in Edwardsville also had to be shut down because of high water.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:53 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Quinn pushes for high-speed rail

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's administration is pushing the General Assembly to include high speed rail in the final piece of a public works program up for consideration this week.

Lawmakers approved more than $28 billion in spending for construction of roads, bridges, mass transit and other infrastructure last week.

Another $1.5 billion in spending is expected to be voted on this week.

The governor's office wants $400 million of that money to go to building high-speed rail in the state.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:51 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Official: Myanmar had planned to release Suu Kyi until Missouri man visited her house

YANGON, Myanmar – A top police official said the military government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, was considering releasing pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest this week, but canceled the decision after a Missouri man stayed at her house in violation of the country's security law.

The official said Tuesday that authorities were talking of releasing Suu Kyi Wednesday after nearly six years under house arrest.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:03 am
Mon May 25, 2009

Scouts place flags on 170,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks

St. Louis – Thousands of Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts spent about two hours Sunday putting American flags on the graves of more than 170,000 soldiers at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Tim Deposki, 16, is an Eagle Scout. He's been taking part in the event since he was in first grade. Deposki said reading the name on each headstone gave him a personal connection to the soldiers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:58 am
Mon May 25, 2009

Three drown in separate accidents on Meramec River

Bourbon, Mo. – Two separate accidents claimed the lives of three people Sunday on the Meramec River.

Authorities said two men entered the river on a gravel bar around 4 p.m. near the Meramec Caverns campground.

One man went under the water, and the second man tried to help him. Both drowned.

The body of Sridhar Tekula, 27, was recovered at 9:45 Sunday night. Authorities recovered the body of Suresh Merumu, 30, late Monday afternoon.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:56 am
Mon May 25, 2009

Flags lowered to honor Air Force lieutenant killed in Afghanistan

St. Louis – Flags will be flown at half-staff today at all Missouri state buildings.

Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the lowered flags to honor Air Force Lt. Roslyn Schulte, a Ladue woman who was killed while on duty near Kabul, Afghanistan.

A memorial service for Schulte is scheduled for Monday.

She was a 2006 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.

Nixon also ordered flags flown at half-staff at state buildings in St. Louis
County through the end of the month.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:42 pm
Fri May 22, 2009

Hampton Avenue Bridge reopens

Mayor Francis Slay cuts ribbon at bridge reopening
Adam Allington (KWMU)

St. Louis, MO – After eight months of construction, the new Hampton Avenue bridge over Interstate 64 reopened to traffic on Friday.

The Missouri Department of Transportation set a deadline of reopening the bridge by Memorial Day weekend.

Lucie Springmeyer is the CEO of Forest Park Forever and says the bridge is a major access point for park visitors.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:00 pm
Fri May 22, 2009

Missouri to pay $500,000 to settle suit against former governor

Jefferson City, Mo. – The state of Missouri has agreed to pay $500,000 to a former governor's office attorney to settle claims he was wrongfully terminated and defamed by Gov. Matt Blunt after questioning the office's e-mail deletion practices.

The settlement was announced Friday by Attorney General Chris
Koster.

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