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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:53 pm
Mon April 27, 2009

Local researchers make progress toward developing common flu vaccine

St. Louis, MO –

St. Louis University researchers say they're one step closer to developing a universal vaccine for the common flu virus. They presented their findings at a National Foundation for Infectious Disease conference in Baltimore Monday.

Researchers gave nearly 400 adults a low dose of a universal vaccine for six months. They say it produced high antibody levels, similar to those that protect small animals with flu from disease and death.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:58 am
Mon April 27, 2009

Obama to mark 100th day at Fox High School in Arnold

(UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – President Obama will hold a town-hall-style media event in suburban St. Louis this week to mark his 100th day in office.

It's scheduled for Wednesday morning at 10.20 at Fox High School in Arnold. The event open to the public, but a ticket is needed. Doors open at 8 a.m.

Obama will discuss his time in office so far and take questions about the administration's agenda.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:56 am
Mon April 27, 2009

St. Louis Chrysler workers get more time to consider buyout

St. Louis – About 1,000 workers at Chrysler's Fenton North Plant have an extra month to consider a buyout offer.

That news comes as the automaker reached an agreement Sunday with the United Auto Workers Union, the U.S government, and the Italian car maker Fiat.

The deal means the company has cleared another major hurdle as it races toward a Thursday deadline to restructure and sign an alliance with the Fiat Group.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:49 am
Mon April 27, 2009

No swine flu reported in Missouri or Illinois

St. Louis – Public health experts in Missouri and Illinois say there have been no reported cases of swine flu in either state.

The Illinois Department of Public Health promised to monitor any outbreak and said anyone who's been to Mexico recently and is experiencing flu symptoms should see a doctor.

In Mexico, the disease has killed more than 100 people and sickened
more than 1,600.

The United States has declared a public health emergency to deal with swine flu, reporting 20 cases in five states.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:19 pm
Sun April 26, 2009

Earth Day Festival expected to draw thousands

St. Louis, MO –

Twenty-five thousand people are expected to attend St. Louis' 20th annual Earth Day Festival in Forest Park on Sunday.

Terri Reilly is the event's executive director. She says festival numbers have grown significantly in recent years, with only about 7,000 people attending as recently as 2005.

"It really kind of started with Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth, which really peaked people's interest. They started to pay attention more, and so it's all about awareness."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:26 am
Fri April 24, 2009

Advocates for renters push for changes to state law

Maria Altman highlights what happens when renters face foreclosure.

St. Louis, MO – In Missouri, homeowners get at least 20 days notice when banks decide to foreclose. Not so for renters.

When a landlord loses a property tenants often don't learn they have to move until a court summons arrives.

Legislation making its way through the Missouri General Assembly would help renters, but Maria Altman tells us that some groups say more notice is needed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:30 am
Fri April 24, 2009

Stimulus money may pay for weatherizing homes

Jefferson City, MO – A portion of Missouri's share of federal stimulus dollars may go toward weatherization needs for low-income residents.

If approved by lawmakers, the Department of Natural Resources would distribute $128 million to low-income Missourians for weather-related home improvements.

Jackie Timm with the Urban League's St. Louis office offered written testimony in favor of the plan. She says each home approved could get up to $6,500 in improvements.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:04 am
Fri April 24, 2009

St. Louis Police investigate theft inside department

St. Louis Police Headquarters

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Police Department is investigating the theft of thousand of dollars from a non-profit fund that pays for the police officers' annual memorial breakfast.

According to police chief Dan Isom, the theft of the money came to light recently after his office raised questions about the annual breakfast, which honors slain officers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:12 am
Fri April 24, 2009

Metro funding in jeopardy with new federal stimulus plan

St. Louis, MO – A new plan for federal stimulus money from Republican leaders in the state House would eliminate funding for St. Louis's mass transit agency.

House Speaker Ron Richard and budget chairman Allen Icet announced their new plan on Thursday, saying the proposed rebate is better for the economy than funding projects in individual member districts. Earlier this month, Richard and Icet had thrown their support behind a plan to provide Metro with about 20 million dollars to reverse some service cuts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:39 am
Thu April 23, 2009

Missouri House approves income tax cut

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has endorsed a major income tax cut.

The legislation lowers the top income tax rate for those making up to $50,000, increases the deduction for people with children and raises the maximum amount of federal taxes that can be deducted on Missouri's return.

The House gave the bill first-round approval Wednesday. It needs another vote to move to the Senate.

A fiscal analysis by legislative staff shows the cuts could cost the state $360 million each year.

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