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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:44 am
Fri May 22, 2009

For first time, McKee explains development plan to north St. Louis residents

The first of the holding companies Paul McKee used to quietly buy parcels on the near north side was named \"Blairmont,\" after Blair and Montgomery streets. \"Blairmont\" is also the name McKee's critics have given to the project.

St. Louis – Developer Paul McKee faced residents of north St. Louis Thursday night for the first time to talk about his massive redevelopment proposal.

More than 250 people attended the meeting at Central Baptist Church. McKee apologized almost immediately for remaining quiet for the five years during which he bought up more than 900 parcels.

"I don't believe we could have purchased the land the way we did unless we did it this way," McKee said."Win, lose or draw, that's the horns of the dilemma we were in."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:33 am
Fri May 22, 2009

Federal stimulus funds used for Missouri tax refunds

Jefferson City, Mo. – The state of Missouri is using a $250 million in federal economic stimulus money to help pay state income tax refunds.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that the move is necessary because income and sales tax revenues have fallen even further behind their already negative projections.

Some Missourians have been waiting for their refunds since March.

Nixon's budget director Linda Luebbering said cash flow problems could have forced the state to delay refunds until the new fiscal year starts in July.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:17 am
Fri May 22, 2009

City schools report swine flu case in student

St. Louis – The St. Louis public school district has reported its first confirmed case of H1N1 swine flu, but officials said the student is recovering and is expected to return to class next week.

The city Health Department said there's no need to close schools. The district said Thursday that officials became aware of the case Wednesday. The student became ill with flu-like symptoms last week.

Officials are not releasing the student's name or age.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:45 pm
Thu May 21, 2009

Missouri senators disagree on Guantanamo

St. Louis, MO – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri agrees with President Obama that the country's prison facilities are secure enough to house terror suspects from Guantanamo.

The president Thursday defended his decision to close the prison facility in Cuba and send some of the detainees to the U.S. McCaskill says she believes the administration will be careful to protect citizens from these inmates.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:53 pm
Thu May 21, 2009

Annie Malone parade organizers accuse press of racism

Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center Board Chairman Richard King
Adam Allington (KWMU)

St. Louis, MO – The organizers of the Annie Malone May Day Parade are accusing the St. Louis media of racism in linking violence to the annual event.

A 17-year-old boy was shot in the abdomen about one half-hour after the parade ended last Sunday.

Board Chairman Richard King called out several local media outlets, most notably the Post Dispatch saying that last weekend's shooting occurred about a half hour after the parade ended, and therefore should not reflect on the parade itself.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:52 am
Thu May 21, 2009

McKee announces major development plan for near north side

St. Louis – St. Louis developer Paul McKee has announced a major plan for the near north side.

McKee told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he wants to build 4.5 million square feet of new office and retail space and 10,000 new homes north of downtown over the next 15 years.

He said the development will be worth $5.4 billion and create 22,000 permanent jobs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:35 am
Thu May 21, 2009

Feds return to East St. Louis City Hall

East St. Louis, Ill. – Federal agents have returned to the East St. Louis City Hall in search of more documents.

City Manager Robert Betts said officials served him with a subpoena Wednesday afternoon.

He says it asked for tax increment financing district records and copies of contracts.

Mayor Alvin Parks said Betts gave the agents the documents they wanted.
The mayor said he did not know if Wednesday's action was part of the same investigation that sent federal agents to East St. Louis city hall in March.

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