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5:16 pm
Wed December 16, 2009

Police to get new evidence tracking system

St. Louis – The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners has authorized the department to purchase a new software system designed to help officers keep better track of evidence collected during investigations.

The new system was the top recommendation of an outside auditor who reviewed the department's property custody department after thousands of dollars in cash went missing from an evidence locker in 2007.

The current system was modified from one designed to handle lab reports, said department spokeswoman Erica Van Ross.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:21 am
Wed December 16, 2009

Cardinals player's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit, police say

St. Louis – Authorities in Maryland Heights say Cardinals third baseman David Freese had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit when he was pulled over early Saturday.

A police report released Tuesday says the player's blood alcohol level was .232. The legal limit in Missouri is .08. Freese was stopped on Page Avenue after officers say they saw his vehicle swerving.

Freese allegedly told officers he had seven beers Friday night. Police say the player was cooperative during the arrest.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:18 pm
Tue December 15, 2009

Mo. could face financial repercussions from food stamp count

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri officials are concerned over potential repercussions due to over-reporting the number of food stamp recipients living in the state.

No one knows for sure what kind of sanctions the state may face. Missouri has received around an extra $14 million, based on the inaccurate data that dates back to 2002.

Scott Rowson with the State Department of Social Services concedes that Missouri may be facing financial repercussions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:42 pm
Tue December 15, 2009

Lee cuts health care benefits for Post Dispatch retirees

Adam Allington (KWMU)

St. Louis, MO – Some retirees from the St. Louis Post Dispatch are having their health benefits eliminated.

The paper's parent company, Lee Enterprises based in Davenport, Iowa says eliminating health care obligations will save the company about $30 million annually.

About 75 former employees and union reps were picketing in the bitter cold outside of the Post on Tuesday morning.

Many of them retirees like Oliver Berger who worked 22 years in the press room.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:40 pm
Tue December 15, 2009

Art Museum expansion moving forward

An artist's rendering of the new wing of the St. Louis Art Museum

St. Louis Public Radio – The stabilizing economy is allowing the St. Louis Art Museum to once again green light its expansion plans.

The Museum's board voted last night to continue the $130 million, 200,000 square foot project it halted last year due to the economic downturn.

Museum president Brent Benjamin said the delay allowed museum staff to make sure all donors could keep their financial pledges.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:18 am
Tue December 15, 2009

Feds will acquire Illinois prison to house GITMO detainees

Thomson, Ill. – The White House plans to announce today that a rural Illinois prison will be acquired by the federal government to become the new home for a limited number of Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Administration officials, Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Governor Pat Quinn will make the announcement at the White House.

They said President Barack Obama has directed the government to acquire the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Ill., a small town near the Mississippi River about 150 miles west of Chicago.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:15 am
Tue December 15, 2009

North Face sues St. Louis-based 'South Butt' clothing company

St. Louis – North Face Apparel is suing a small suburban St. Louis company called The South Butt and the teenager who started it.

The federal lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and asks the court to prohibit The South Butt from marketing and selling its parody product line.

The North Face says it does not comment on pending litigation. However its lawsuit claims The South Butt tries to "legitimize piracy under the banner of parody."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:10 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

Reaction mixed to Wellston/Normandy merger

St. Louis – Passionate outbursts from a packed house at a North County elementary school Monday night were not enough to stop the merger of two area school districts.

Parents, teachers and staff of Normandy and Wellston schools districts crowded into the cafeteria at Normandy's Lucas Crossing Elementary to hear from local and state officials about the need for the merger, which will likely be approved on Thursday.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:30 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

Mo. House GOP working on economic package

Mo. House Speaker Ron Richard
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Republicans in the Missouri House are targeting technology and the auto industry as ways to spur job growth during the 2010 legislative session.

They hope to persuade Ford Motor Company to expand its operations in the Kansas City area, although they have yet to provide specifics on how to do that.

House Speaker Ron Richard (R, Joplin) won't say yet whether there will be a specific bill aimed at Ford.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:22 pm
Mon December 14, 2009

New bipartisan ethics proposal from Mo. lawmakers

(l-r) State Reps. Jason Kander (D, Kansas City) and Timothy Flook (R, Liberty).
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – New ethics rules are being proposed by two Missouri House members from opposite parties.

Democrat Jason Kander of Kansas City and Republican Timothy Flook of Liberty are co-sponsoring the bill.

It contains several provisions. One would make it a felony to mask the source of a financial contribution by transferring it through a number of political committees.

Flook says it would eliminate what he calls, in effect, a form of money laundering.

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