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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:00 am
Wed May 6, 2009

Senators fight for Boeing appropration in defense budget

St. Louis, MO –
A pair of letters circulating in the Senate is calling for Defense Secretary Robert Gates to maintain production lines for both the C-17 cargo plane and the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter.

In St. Louis, Boeing employs about 5,800 workers in production of the two aircraft.
Senator McCaskill says the $50-million price tag for the Super Hornet is a better value than the $140-million F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a more advanced aircraft that's still under development.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:27 am
Wed May 6, 2009

Police searching for suspects in murder of mother, two sons

Columbia, Ill. – Authorities said they have no suspects in custody in the killings of a Metro East woman and her two children.

Sheri Coleman, 31, and her sons Garrett, 11, and 9-year-old Gavin, were found dead Tuesday morning at their home in Columbia, Ill.

Authorities said Chris Coleman returned home early Tuesday and discovered the bodies of his wife and their children.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:27 am
Wed May 6, 2009

Missing 3-year-old boy found in good condition

Joshua Childers (handout)

St. Louis, MO. – A 3-year-old boy was found in remarkably good condition Wednesday afternoon, more than 50 hours after wandering away from home and getting lost in the rugged hills of Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest about 90 miles south of St. Louis.

Volunteer searcher Donnie Halpin said he saw two dogs along a trail. When he walked over to the dogs, he spotted Joshua Childers resting on the ground.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:09 pm
Tue May 5, 2009

Mo. General Assembly passes child-in-court protections

Jefferson City, MO – New protections for children who testify in court have been passed unanimously by the Missouri Senate.

Attorneys and judges would be required to use words children can understand, and kids would be allowed to hold a blanket or toy while on the stand.

State Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) says she sponsored the bill after watching video of a 4-year-old girl called to testify against a bus driver charged with molesting her.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:58 pm
Tue May 5, 2009

Mo. General Assembly passes 10-day notice

Jefferson City, MO – Tenants living in foreclosed rental properties would be protected from immediate eviction under a bill passed unanimously Tuesday by the Missouri House.

New owners will be required to allow 10 business days before beginning the eviction process.

It was sponsored by State Representative Shalon "Kiki" Curls (D, Kansas City).

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:20 pm
Tue May 5, 2009

Monsanto says competitor is illegally using seed trait

St. Louis, MO –

St. Louis-based Monsanto is accusing a competitor of illegally using its seed engineering techniques to produce competing herbicide-resistant seeds. Monsanto filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Pioneer Hi-Bred International Monday.

The suit alleges that the DuPont subsidiary has combined Monsanto's Roundup Ready seed trait with a DuPont-developed trait to make crops resistant to herbicide.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:11 pm
Tue May 5, 2009

Researchers say children with autism should be diagnosed at younger ages

St. Louis, MO –

Washington University researchers say children with autism should be diagnosed several years earlier than they currently are. The researchers analyzed data from 13 U.S. hospitals and universities and found that children usually are diagnosed around six years old.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:27 pm
Tue May 5, 2009

Copia Winery arsonist sentenced to 5 years

St. Louis, MO – A former employee of a downtown restaurant will spend five years in federal prison for setting the fires that destroyed the Copia Urban Winery and Market.

Twenty-seven year old Gilbert Summers of St. Louis will also have to pay nearly $2.7 million in restitution for the fires, which he set after being dismissed from his job in a dispute over a missing paycheck of another employee. He pleaded guilty in September 2008 to felony arson.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:52 pm
Tue May 5, 2009

Kinder praises about-face on stimulus bill

St. Louis, MO – Lieutenant Gov. Peter Kinder has called Monday night's approval of a bill appropriating $332 million in stimulus money a "legislative miracle."

The spending bill includes $12 million to restore some transit service cuts in St. Louis, as well as money to renovate the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia. The state House shot the legislation down Thursday night - then reversed course on Monday, the very next legislative day.

The original vote was no stunt, Kinder said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:25 pm
Tue May 5, 2009

Missouri continues to lose revenue

Jefferson City, MO – The amount of money Missouri has to work with continues to drop.

April's General Revenue Report shows state tax collections are about half a percentage point, or $30 million, less than they were a year ago at this time.

Linda Luebbering is the state's Budget Director.

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