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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:30 am
Mon May 4, 2009

Four more likely cases of H1N1 found in Missouri

Kansas City – Missouri health officials say four more probable cases of the H1N1 swine flu have been discovered in the Kansas City area.

On Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a Kansas City resident tested positive for the H1N1 virus while receiving medical care in Nebraska for a different condition.

Two other probable cases involving a father and son were discovered Friday in Howard County in central Missouri.

The state's first swine flu case was disclosed on Wednesday in Platte County.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:25 am
Mon May 4, 2009

Fine, probation recommended in MySpace suicide case

Megan Meier (handout)

Los Angeles – A pre-sentence report recommends probation and a $5,000 fine for Lori Drew.
In November, a federal jury convicted her of three misdemeanors linked to the online harassment of Megan Meier, a suburban St. Louis teenager who committed suicide.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Lori Drew's lawyer, Dean Steward, filed a brief yesterday, which revealed the recommendation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:18 pm
Fri May 1, 2009

Missouri towns face flooding

Jefferson City, MO – Emergency management officials are monitoring the weather as recent heavy rains have caused mild to moderate flooding in several river towns across Missouri.

"We can expect more rain over the weekend...we do know there is some low land flooding...the Mississippi River is high, it caused some of the tributary rivers to back up...right now, SEMA continues to monitor the situation," said Susie Stonner, spokesperson for the State Emergency Management Agency.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:26 pm
Fri May 1, 2009

Smoking ban introduced in the city

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen has begun the often slow process of considering a near total ban on smoking in the city's public places.

Under legislation introduced Friday by Alderwoman Lyda Krewson, smoking would be outlawed in almost all public places, including bars, restaurants and casinos. Only certain tobacco stores, private clubs that have no staff and are not being used for a public event, and some hotel rooms would be exempt.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:57 am
Fri May 1, 2009

Fenton Chrysler plants to close

(UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – Thursday's announcement that Chrysler is filing for bankruptcy has major implications for the St. Louis region.

Both of Chrysler's assembly plants in suburban Fenton are scheduled to close permanently by the end of next year, marking the end of yet another well-known brand manufactured in St. Louis.

The announcement from President Obama about Chrysler filing chapter 11 had a whole lot of bad news couched in a few reasons to hope.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:11 pm
Thu April 30, 2009

Adams unveils uniform policy for SLPS

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis public school students could be wearing uniforms to class under a policy introduced Thursday night by district superintendent Kelvin Adams.

District policy does not allow the appointed board to order all students to wear uniforms, so the proposed new uniform policy requires two-thirds of parents in the district to approve any changes. Adams expects parents to be supportive once they understand his rationale.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:26 pm
Thu April 30, 2009

Mo. House rejects stimulus projects bill

Jefferson City, MO – In a surprising reversal, the Missouri House has defeated a bill that would have used $336 million in federal stimulus dollars to pay for numerous projects, just one day after giving the measure first-round approval.

It originally contained projects of statewide interest, but numerous regional projects were added on, prompting 32 Republicans to join 50 Democrats in voting "no." House Majority Floor Leader Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) says there's a chance the bill could be brought back for another vote.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:56 pm
Thu April 30, 2009

St. Louis Dems say Nixon "silent" on Metro

St. Louis, MO. – Governor Jay Nixon is taking heat from some St. Louis-area Democrats for what they call his "silence" on funding for Metro.

Legislation that included $12 million for the troubled St. Louis transit agency failed in the Missouri House Thursday.

Representative Ted Hoskins, a Democrat from Berkeley, says the governor should support giving Metro the $35 million it requested.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:54 pm
Thu April 30, 2009

Mo. House passes tax cut

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has passed a bill giving citizens a tax cut that would be paid for in part by federal stimulus funds.

Supporters had originally sought a two-year tax cut, with the lost revenue being covered by $1 billion in federal stimulus dollars.

But GOP lawmakers expanded it to a permanent tax cut totaling $463 million a year.

Speaker Pro-tem Bryan Pratt (R, Blue Springs) backed the expansion.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:10 pm
Thu April 30, 2009

Chrysler North employees "disappointed" with bankruptcy

(UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Fenton, MO – Employees at the Chrysler truck plant in Fenton are disappointed with the company's bankruptcy filing.

The smallest of the American auto manufacturers filed for Chapter 11 protection Thursday after it could not reach a deal with creditors.

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