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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:36 am
Mon November 23, 2009

State rep arrested amid fracas at fire board meeting

St. Louis – Three people, including a state lawmaker, were arrested Sunday after an emergency meeting of a troubled suburban St. Louis fire department.

The Post Dispatch reports that the board of the Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District voted to pay its attorneys and fire chief severance packages totaling more than $780,000.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:22 am
Mon November 23, 2009

Metro East levee leak highlights urgency of fixing system, flood protection chief says

St. Louis – The head of the Flood Prevention District in the Metro East says fixing aging levees is the St. Louis region's most urgent issue.

Last week, the Army Corps of Engineers discovered a leak in the Wood River Levee near the Melvin Price Lock and Dam in East Alton, Ill. The corps said the levee is not in danger of failing now, but it could give way during a flood.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:41 pm
Fri November 20, 2009

Mo. prosecutors object to "constitutional crisis"

Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce.

Jefferson City, Mo. – Prosecuting attorneys in Missouri are taking issue with the use of the phrase "constitutional crisis" to describe the problems facing public defenders across the Show-Me State.

Missouri's public defenders say they're in crisis because they're assigned too many cases and don't have the option of turning any of them down.

But Dwight Scroggins, President of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, says a study on public defenders' caseloads is flawed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:29 pm
Fri November 20, 2009

Mo. community colleges agree to freeze 2010 tuition

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

St. Louis, MO – Missouri community colleges have agreed to freeze tuition next school year if state officials promise not to severely cut their budgets.

Governor Jay Nixon announced today that community colleges have promised to not raise tuition for in-state students if budgets are cut by only 5.2 percent. That amounts to roughly an $8 million-dollar budget cut.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:59 am
Fri November 20, 2009

Rescued pit bulls get another chance

St. Louis, MO. – Last summer more than 500 pit bulls were seized in the largest raid on dog fighting in U.S. history.

More than 400 were taken in by the Humane Society of Missouri.

In the past even animal rights groups thought dogs born and bred in the fighting world had no future.

But the Humane Society of Missouri is working hard to give these pit bulls another chance.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:53 am
Fri November 20, 2009

St. Louis scientists sequence corn genome

St. Louis – Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis have unraveled the DNA of humans and other creatures. Now, they've decoded the genetic makeup of corn.

The team published their research in the journal Science. They the new data will speed up efforts to develop better crop varieties and meet growing worldwide demand.

The corn genome consists of 32,000 genes in just 10 chromosomes. By contrast, humans have 20,000 genes in 23 chromosomes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:59 pm
Thu November 19, 2009

MOSERS may bar bonuses in underperforming years

Jefferson City, Mo. – The board that oversees Missouri's State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS) is crafting a proposal that would bar employees from receiving bonuses during years when the pension fund loses money.

Earlier this year, MOSERS staff members received around $400,000 in performance incentives, even though investments made by the system lost money in 2008.

Democratic State Treasurer Clint Zweifel sits on the board and voted in favor of ending that practice.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:13 pm
Thu November 19, 2009

Bond: don't try terrorists in New York City

St. Louis, MO – U.S. Senator Kit Bond of Missouri is calling on the Obama Administration to reverse its decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a New York City civilian court for the 9-11 attacks.

Bond took to the floor of the Senate Thursday to voice his objections to the conventional criminal trial. He says the 9-11 terrorists should be tried before a military commission.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:18 pm
Thu November 19, 2009

Cardinals pitchers fall short in Cy Young balloting

St. Louis – The pitching ace of the San Francisco Giants has won the National League Cy Young Award in one of the closest ballots in the award's history.

Tim Lincecum beat Cardinals hurlers Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright for his second straight Cy Young award. Just 10 points separated the top three pitchers, and Wainwright actually received the most first-place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:49 am
Thu November 19, 2009

Poll shows dead heat in Missouri U.S. Senate race

St. Louis – The vote to replace Missouri Republican Kit Bond in the U.S. Senate is almost a year away, but a
survey released Wednesday
by a Democratic polling organization shows a statistical dead heat between the leading candidates: Democrat Robin Carnahan and Republican Roy Blunt.

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