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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:21 am
Mon May 11, 2009

Boy lost in woods for two days goes home

Madison Co., MO – The 3-year-old boy who wandered away from his parent's house in Madison County, Missouri last week and spent 52 hours in the woods has been released from the hospital.

Doctors at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center who treated Joshua Childers said the boy is not expected to experience any long-term health consequences from the moderate hypothermia, bug bites, and bruises he suffered.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:47 pm
Fri May 8, 2009

Mo. GOP files complaint against Nixon

Sign outside the offices of GOP House Members Doug Ervin, Tim Flook and Brian Munzlinger.
KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Republican party has filed a complaint with federal and state authorities into allegations that Governor Jay Nixon and his staff tried to bribe lawmakers into supporting Medicaid expansion.

The complaint alleges that a chief aide for the governor and a staffer at the Department of Labor asked two freshmen lawmakers, Chris Molendorp (R, Belton) and Anne Zerr (R, St. Charles), to vote in favor of Medicaid expansion. In return, they would be offered jobs in the Nixon administration.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:19 pm
Fri May 8, 2009

Agreement reached on high-speed rail between St. Louis and Chicago

Sen. Dick Durbin announces the agreement at a press conference with Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – The state of Illinois and Union Pacific have announced a groundbreaking agreement to pursue high-speed rail between St. Louis and Chicago.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has agreed to fund a $400 thousand study into the upgrades that are necessary along the Amtrak route. Senator Dick Durbin says the collaboration is the first of its kind in the country.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:40 pm
Fri May 8, 2009

Slay continues call for regional cooperation in State of the City

St. Louis, MO –

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay used his State of the City address Friday to repeat his call for stronger regional cooperation.

"Until we start speaking in unison, Jefferson City - both Democrats and Republicans - will continue to ignore our constituents. They will divert our tax dollars, cap our tax credits, run our police department and take our votes in November for granted," Slay told a crowd at City Hall of aldermen, administration officials, and union members.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:54 am
Fri May 8, 2009

Mo. General Assemby passes budget, stimulus spending

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri has a state budget for Fiscal Year 2010.

The $23 billion spending plan was passed Thursday by both the Missouri House and Senate.

Lawmakers chose to use $785 million in federal stimulus funds to support K-12 schools, colleges and other needs.

Gary Nodler (R, Joplin) chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:28 pm
Thu May 7, 2009

Munchkin Mickey Carrol Dies

Mickey Carroll in 2007
(UPI photo)

St. Louis, MO – One of the last surviving Munchkins from the
1939 classic film, "The Wizard of Oz" has died.

St. Louis actor Mickey Carroll died Thursday at 89.
His caretaker, Linda Dodge, made the announcement Thursday.

Carroll was born Michael Finocchiaro in July 1919 in St. Louis,
the son of Italian immigrants.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:46 pm
Thu May 7, 2009

CIty looks to reform anti-crime grants

St. Louis, MO – City lawmakers are getting set to revamp the way some funds for crime prevention are distributed after news reports revealed problems with the programs.

The city sets aside about $1 million a year of public safety tax revenue to fund the anti-crime programs - the grants currently need approval from just the Board of Aldermen's Public Safety Committee.

Investigations last year revealed that many of the programs were run by supporters or relatives of the committee members.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:44 pm
Thu May 7, 2009

Mo. House passes budget

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has passed the state budget for Fiscal Year 2010.

That includes the Social Services bill that was initially voted down Wednesday, because it contained an expansion of Medicaid.

Budget negotiators then agreed to remove the item, in exchange for backing a separate Senate bill that would also provide health care for 35,000 working adults.

State Representative Ed Emery (R, Lamar) supported the compromise.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:31 pm
Thu May 7, 2009

St. Louis County teenager contracts swine flu

St. Louis, MO –

The St. Louis County Health Department says residents should not be worried that a local teenager has contracted swine flu.


The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services confirmed the County's first case on Wednesday night after a respiratory sample tested positive.


Mike Williams is the director of communicable disease control and prevention for the County Heath Department. He says residents should take the same precautions they would to keep from catching any virus.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:58 pm
Thu May 7, 2009

AmerenUE moving forward with nuclear reactor application

St. Louis, MO –
The St. Louis-based utility AmerenUE is continuing its application to build a second nuclear power plant in mid-Missouri, despite lack of funds to pay for it.

When CWIP legislation failed to advance in the General Assembly last month, Ameren CEO Tom Voss said UE would "suspend its efforts to build the nuclear plant."

But, spokesman Mike Cleary now says Ameren is still pursuing its application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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