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

VA hospital in Marion, Illinois, the focus of attention

Marion, Illinois – Two years after major surgery was halted at the VA Medical Center in Marion, Illinois, congressional leaders say they're hopeful that help is finally on the way.

Senators Dick Durbin, Roland Burris and Congressman Jerry Costello met Thursday with Marion VA officials, as well as patients and families. It comes a little more than a week after an Inspector General's Report showed significant problems remain at the facility and two years after nine patients died as a result of sub-standard care.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:36 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

Despite lower sales, AB InBev turns $1.5 billion profit

file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Brussels – The world's largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev said third quarter revenue fell 10 percent over the year to $9.76 billion as beer sales shrank.

The firm says beer sales were down 3.1 percent because of weak demand in the united states and Europe, where the economic downturn is holding back spending. A
year ago, the two companies' revenues were $10.89 billion.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:14 am
Thu November 12, 2009

AFSCME wants new alarm system at Fulton State Hospital

Michelle Sanders, a Forensic Rehabilitation Specialist at Fulton State Hospital, calls on the state to implement the Man-Down alarm system.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – The labor union that represents state workers wants the Missouri Department of Mental Health to upgrade security at the state's maximum security mental hospital in Fulton.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is asking the state to implement the Man-Down alarm system. It consists of a pager-like device that a worker would wear and could activate if physically attacked.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:14 am
Thu November 12, 2009

Is state takeover of SLPS winding to a close?

William Danforth and Frankie Freeman
KWMU

St. Louis, MO – The state is taking steps to evaluate the St. Louis Public Schools to see if and when the district could revert to local control.

Commissioner Chris Nicastro is turning to the panel that filed the initial report back in 2006, which found that the state's largest public district was foundering amid plummeting test scores, a looming financial crisis and ongoing board dysfunction.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:00 am
Thu November 12, 2009

Illinois makes dubious top-10 list

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois has received a unwelcome distinction in a new report. It's ranked as one of the ten states at risk of a fiscal calamity.

The report says like other states, Illinois can blame the economic downturn for some of its problems.

But according to an analysis from the Pew Center on the States the recession isn't the main culprit in Illinois.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:53 am
Thu November 12, 2009

More puppies born to rescued pit bulls; Humane Society asks for donations

St. Louis – The Humane Society in St. Louis says it has an urgent need for supplies for more than 150 pit bull puppies in its care as a result of a multi-state dogfighting raid.

Fifty puppies were among the more than 400 dogs seized in the raid July 8. Meanwhile, an additional 100 or so have been born since then to rescued dogs.

The Humane Society of Missouri says it needs toys, peanut butter and other items needed for the active puppies. It is also accepting donations of money.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:50 am
Thu November 12, 2009

Search resumes for bodies, other evidence at rural Missouri property

LEXINGTON, Mo – Authorities are resuming their search of a rural property near Kansas City.

Investigators are looking for bodies and buried glass jars with notes written by children who may have documented sexual abuse.

The property was once owned by two of five family members arrested Tuesday. The five are charged with several felonies, including forcible sodomy, and sex crimes involving children.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:53 pm
Wed November 11, 2009

Veterans Day observed at Mo. Capitol

A group of veterans attend a Veterans Day ceremony at the Mo. State Capitol.
St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – America's military veterans were honored today at a ceremony inside the Missouri State Capitol.

A children's choir sang patriotic songs and an honor guard fired volleys just outside the Capitol's doors as the 120-plus audience, military veterans included, paid tribute to those who've served in the armed forces.

Garrett Elliot spent 22 years in the U.S. Navy. While he disagrees with America's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, he says he backs the troops deployed there.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:05 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Jefferson City police: No one was taken hostage

Police close off E. Capitol Ave. in Jefferson City, after receiving word of a possible hostage situation.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Much of downtown Jefferson City was shut down today after authorities were alerted to a possible hostage situation inside an office building across the street from the Governor's Mansion.

Police spent about 90 minutes searching the Governor Office Building, but found nothing to indicate anyone had been taken hostage.

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