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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:29 pm
Tue December 1, 2009

Corps outlines possible repair strategies for Wood River levee

St. Louis – Officials with the US Army Corps of Engineers say they could decide next week how to repair a Metro East levee.

Leaks are pulling material from the levee near the Melvin Price Lock and Dam in East Alton, weakening the structure. There is no imminent threat of failure, but the Corps says the repairs are urgently needed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:23 am
Tue December 1, 2009

Quinn defends Illinois' early prisoner release program

Chicago – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is defending his decision to release about 1,000 inmates early because of budget woes.

Quinn said the state is releasing prisoners in a "very prudent manner" and officials are monitoring them.

Inmates with a history of violence toward people are not eligible.

The Democrat said he wants to be "very cautious" about granting early releases and he says he won't rush the program.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:21 am
Tue December 1, 2009

Feds launch website in effort to solve bank robberies

St. Louis – Federal investigators have launched a new website aimed at solving bank robberies in St. Louis and elsewhere in eastern Missouri.

BanditTrackerStLouis.com includes photos of at-large suspects, details about the holdups, and maps.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Roland Corvington said the internet is an efficient way to gather tips.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:59 pm
Mon November 30, 2009

Charter exits bankruptcy

St. Louis – St. Louis-based Charter Communications has emerged from bankruptcy.

A federal judge in New York approved the cable and Internet company's plan November 17th. It allowed the company to shave more than $8 billion off a $21 billion debt that accumulated as Charter bought up smaller companies and upgraded its service to compete. The company has reported a loss every year since going public in 1999.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:50 am
Mon November 30, 2009

BBB warns about 'Cyber Monday' scams

Chicago – The Better Business Bureau is warning online shoppers to be vigilant on this Cyber Monday, the online counterpart to Black Friday.

The BBB recommends keeping documentation of online orders and watching credit card statements for suspicious charges.

A computer used for shopping should have the most recent updates installed for spam filters, antivirus software and anti-spyware.

Federal law requires that orders made by mail, phone or online be shipped within 30 days.

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