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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:49 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

Oil & gas investment calls under scrutiny

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Secretary of State's office is warning the public to beware of phone calls pitching oil and gas investments.

The calls in question are unsolicited, with offers of high returns and very low financial risk.

Abe Rakov is with the Secretary of State's office.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:39 pm
Mon November 16, 2009

St. Louis no longer first in STD infection rates

St. Louis – The city of St. Louis has seen a big drop in the infection rates of two common sexually transmitted diseases.

Between 2007 and 2008, Chlamydia rates dropped about two percent, and gonorrhea rates fell almost 27 percent. That was enough to push St. Louis from the top spot in infection rates for both the diseases, which it had held for several years. There were 1,225 cases of Chlamydia per 100,000 residents, and 174 cases of gonorrhea per 100,000 residents.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:42 am
Mon November 16, 2009

Nixon bucks trend of special legislative sessions

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is bucking the trend by keeping lawmakers at home instead of at the Capitol for a special session.

Since 1965, only Republican Gov. John Ashcroft has not called a special session during his first year as governor. Nixon, a Democrat, had considered a special session for a construction bonding package. The governor's office instead is planning to seek support from lawmakers when the Legislature comes back in January.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:39 am
Mon November 16, 2009

Midwestern education officials consider college credit exchange

Jefferson City, Mo. – Education officials from several Midwestern states are considering some sort of college-credit exchange that could make it easier for some people to earn their degrees.

The project would create a central location for people to record the college credits they have received from multiple institutions.

Colleges and universities then essentially would bid for the opportunity to enroll students for the completion of their degrees.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:35 am
Mon November 16, 2009

Quinn says bringing GITMO detainees to Illinois would create 3,000 jobs

Pat Quinn (file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Chicago – Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin are trying to build support for a proposal to sell a prison in rural northwestern Illinois to the federal government to house Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Federal officials are expected to visit the maximum security Thomson Correctional Center today. The prison is about 150 miles west of Chicago.

Both Quinn and Durbin say the possibility of selling the prison to the federal government is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help create about 3,000 jobs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:32 am
Mon November 16, 2009

Proposed coal waste landfill raises concerns in Franklin Co. community

St. Louis – A proposed coal combustion waste landfill in Franklin County is raising concerns, partly because of a major coal ash spill last year in Tennessee.

AmerenUE wants to build the 400-acre landfill near its Labadie power plant, but a group of residents is raising concerns about putting the facility in a flood plain.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:17 pm
Fri November 13, 2009

7 Mo. historic sites seeking national recognition

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is hoping to get seven sites across the state added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Three of the sites are in St. Louis: The Federal Cold Storage Buildings, the Wellston Loop Commercial Historic District, and a boundary increase for the already-listed Central Carondelet Historic District.

Architectural historian Michael Allen spoke on behalf of Wellston Loop.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:41 pm
Fri November 13, 2009

Small New Madrid quakes likely aftershocks of 19th centuries monsters

St. Louis – New research shows that many of the recent small earthquakes along the New Madrid fault may not be signs that the "next big one" is coming.

Researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Missouri believe those quakes are more likely aftershocks from the major quakes, all measuring more than 8 on the Richter Scale, that occurred when the fault ruptured violently in 1811 and 1812. The New Madrid fault stretches 150 miles southwest from the Missouri Bootheel.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:55 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

Express Scripts to expand in NorthPark

St. Louis, MO. – On the heels of Pfizer's announcement of layoffs this week St. Louis County got some good economic news Thursday.

Pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts says it will expand at NorthPark in north St. Louis County.

The county had been competing with suburban Philadelphia for the 300 or so new jobs.

In order to lure Express Scripts the state has offered $3 million in incentives and the county another $4 million in tax abatements.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:37 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

United Way makes fundraising goal

St. Louis, MO – Despite the economic downturn, the United Way of Greater St. Louis has met its fundraising goal for the 2009 campaign.

The agency took in more than $67 million in gifts and pledges, surpassing its goal by about $600,000. It has lowered its goals in recent years to cope with the crumbling economy, said campaign chairman Hugh Grant, the president and CEO of Monsanto. But paradoxically, he said, the downturn may have helped the agency reach its goal this year.

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