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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:55 am
Tue April 21, 2009

Robert Carlson named Archbishop of St. Louis

St. Louis – St. Louis' next Roman Catholic leader said it's imperative for the Church to be a moral voice in the community.

Archbishop-elect Robert Carlson was introduced at a news conference Tuesday, several hours after the Vatican announced his appointment.

His predecessor, Archbishop Raymond Burke, took heavy criticism for publicly admonishing Catholic politicians who disagree with the Church's views on abortion. In 2004, Burke said he would deny communion to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:37 am
Mon April 20, 2009

Reap to serve as Acting U. S. Attorney

St. Louis, MO – Michael W. Reap will serve as Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, replacing Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway, whose resignation is effective today.

Reap, 63, is a native of St. Louis. He received his law degree from St. Louis University Law School in 1970.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:54 am
Mon April 20, 2009

Treatment advocates want new alcohol tax in Illinois

Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association wants state lawmakers to increase the alcohol tax to pay for substance abuse programs.

CEO Sara Howe said some of the money could be used to restore $13 million in proposed budget cuts for substance abuse programs.

"Quite frankly, when you look at addiction prevention and treatment services, what better way to pay for them than an alcohol tax?" Howe said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:23 am
Mon April 20, 2009

After fundraiser, Burris still uncertain about Senate run

Chicago – Aides at U.S. Senator Roland Burris' first fundraiser since he was appointed by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich wore new blue buttons that said "Run Roland Run." But Burris told reporters that money raised Sunday in Chicago will go toward $111,000 in debt accumulated while setting up his Senate office, not a campaign to keep his seat in next year's election.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:02 am
Mon April 20, 2009

Two new city audits find continuing contracting problems

St. Louis, MO – State Auditor Susan Montee says two more St. Louis city departments are not following city contracting policies by failing to adequately document why contractors and programs are receiving money from the city.

Montee released her reviews of the city's Information Technology Services Agency and the Community and Economic Development Offices on Monday - the latest in a series of reports started after a successful petition from the Green Party.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:32 am
Mon April 20, 2009

Immigrants get help applying for citizenship

Attorney Yi Sun and an interpreter help a Bosnian man fill out his citizenship application.
Missouri Immigrant and Refuge Advocates

St. Louis – More than a dozen immigrants got free help applying to become U.S. citizens at one of St. Louis' Islamic Community Centers Sunday.

Attorneys from the American Immigration Lawyers Association showed applicants how to fill out the 10-page form.

Lawyer Katie Herbert Meyer said immigrants often need help answering questions because of how they're phrased.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:13 am
Mon April 20, 2009

Mo. auto task force holds 1st meeting

Jefferson City, MO – The task force appointed by Governor Jay Nixon to examine Missouri's automotive industry met for the first time today.

The Show-Me State's auto industry has taken a hit, with the closing of the Chrysler plant in Fenton and the decision of a Kansas City-area car battery maker to build its new plant in Michigan.

Marty Romitti with the state Economic Development department told task force members that Missouri is still a good place to build vehicles and components.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:53 am
Mon April 20, 2009

Koster alleges deceptive advertising in mortgage company suits

This letter from the Ohio-based Oxford Lending Group mentions the economic stimulus package, however fine print at the bottom states the company is not a federal agency.

St. Louis – The Missouri Attorney General is suing two mortgage companies alleging deceptive marketing practices.

Chris Koster said the Oxford Lending Group, based in Ohio, targeted Missouri homeowners in a direct-mail campaign that mentioned the economic stimulus package.

Except for fine print at the bottom of the letter, Koster said Oxford falsely implied a government affiliation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:06 am
Mon April 20, 2009

Former A.G. Edwards CEO dies

Benjamin Edwards III

St. Louis, MO – Memorial arrangements are pending for Benjamin Edwards III, who presided over A.G. Edwards as it grew from a St. Louis regional brokerage firm into one of the largest in the nation.

Edwards, of St. Louis, was 77. A spokeswoman for the family says he died Monday of prostate cancer at a home in Naples, Fla.

Edwards was the great-grandson of the company's founder. He joined A.G. Edwards in 1956 and became managing partner a decade later and president in 1967.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:52 am
Fri April 17, 2009

Health care leaders say more doctors, public health plan needed

St. Louis, MO –

Health care leaders and some members of Congress say developing a public healthcare program could provide medical care for the U.S.'s 47 million uninsured residents. The officials discussed that and other health care concerns, like high costs and a lack of primary care doctors, at a forum at Christian Hospital in St. Louis Friday.

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