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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:33 pm
Thu December 3, 2009

State likely to audit University City

The state is likely to review the books of University City after a successful petition drive
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – The office of state auditor Susan Montee is likely to review the books of University City.

Leaders of University City Citizens for Transparency and Accountability say they collected more than 3,200 signatures on petitions demanding an audit of the city. The St. Louis County Board of Elections must certify the numbers; petitioners only needed to collect 2,200 signatures.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:13 pm
Thu December 3, 2009

Local woman to help Clayton bridge reopening

Newspaper clipping from 1959 of Denise Pachiva (Becker) cutting the ribbon on Clayton Avenue bridge.
(Courtesy of Missouri Department of Transportation)

St. Louis, MO – The last bridge involved in the two-year I-64 reconstruction project will re-open Thursday. The Clayton Avenue bridge over I-64 has been closed since August.

An interesting twist on the re-opening involves the woman who will cut the ribbon. Denise Becker of Kirkwood also cut the ribbon when the first Clayton Avenue bridge opened in 1959. As a first grader at nearby Dewey School, she was picked out of the crowd for the honor.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:09 pm
Wed December 2, 2009

Lambert to get 'less confusing' signs

Main Terminal to be renamed Terminal One

St. Louis, MO – Travelers in and out of Lambert Airport may soon find the experience a little bit easier.

Starting next month the airport will be putting up new, less-confusing signs, and renaming the airports two terminals as -Terminal One and Terminal two.

Airport Director Richard Hrabko said he's gotten numerous complaints over the years claiming that the airport's current terminal designations of "Main Terminal" and "East Terminal" do not make sense for people new to the area.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:33 pm
Wed December 2, 2009

Environmental advocate wants Koster to return money

Chris Koster
(file)

Jefferson City, Mo. – An environmental advocate is calling on Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster to return a campaign contribution made last year from a company that owns eleven hog farms in the northern part of the state.

Premium Standard Farms is under a court order to make improvements to its operations.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:52 am
Wed December 2, 2009

Missouri's sex offender-Halloween restrictions challenged

The Missouri Supreme Court

Jefferson City, Mo. – An Audrain County prosecutor is asking the Missouri Supreme Court to let him prosecute a convicted sex offender for violating a state law that bars offenders from taking part in Halloween activities.

Charles Raynor of Mexico, Missouri, was arrested in 2008 after a woman at his house handed out candy to trick-or-treaters.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:30 am
Wed December 2, 2009

St. Louis region steps up effort to attract Midwest-China cargo hub

St. Louis –
The Midwest-China Hub Commission is spending big to lobby Chinese companies to route their exports through Lambert Airport in St. Louis, and Lambert Airport has announced plans to build a new 40-million dollar air freight terminal.

St. Louis County Economic Development Council is expected to approve payment Wednesday of $931,000 to former DHL executive Guenter Rohrmann to negotiate with the Chinese.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:23 pm
Tue December 1, 2009

Two campaign finance bills pre-filed in Mo. General Assembly

Missouri State Capitol.

Jefferson City, Mo. – Bills addressing campaign finance reform in Missouri have been pre-filed, just over a month before the start of the 2010 legislative session.

One bill would restore campaign contribution limits that were removed in 2007, restored by the Missouri Supreme Court later that same year, and then removed again by GOP lawmakers and former Governor Matt Blunt in 2008.

The proposal to again restore limits is sponsored by House Minority Floor Leader Paul LeVota (D, Independence).

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:21 pm
Tue December 1, 2009

Census Director in St. Louis to launch school initiative

Census Bureau director Dr. Robert Groves talks with Gateway Elementary first-grade students.
(UPI)

St. Louis, MO. – The head of the U.S. census count in 2010 was in St. Louis Tuesday to launch a national school initiative.

Dr. Robert Groves says the Census is reaching out to kids in hopes that they'll encourage their parents to complete the form and send it back next April.

Groves says they've developed brief lesson plans about the census for teachers K-12.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:19 pm
Tue December 1, 2009

Mo. lawmakers begin pre-filing bills for 2010

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers today began pre-filing bills for their 2010 legislative session, which begins next month.

Among the several dozen bills filed so far are two that would extend the ban on texting-while-driving to everyone. A law was signed earlier this year that only applies to drivers age 21 and younger.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:40 pm
Tue December 1, 2009

Ameren to install solar energy systems

A conceptual drawing of Ameren's downtown St. Louis headquarters with a solar energy system installed.

St. Louis, MO – Ameren says it plans to install a solar energy system at its St. Louis headquarters next year.

It's part of the utility's effort to learn more about using the sun to create electricity. Proposition C -- approved by Missouri voters last year -- requires utilities to use solar, wind and water for 15-percent of its electricity production by 2021.

Ameren president Thomas Voss says the solar demonstration project will help it learn how to achieve that.

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