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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:19 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

City distributes H1N1 vaccine to providers and clinics

St. Louis, MO. – So far the city of St. Louis has received about 36,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine.

But don't expect the city's health department to hold a clinic for the general public.

Instead health director Pam Walker says doses are being distributed directly to 44 healthcare providers and ten hospitals. She says doses are also available at ten clinics that are open to walk-ins.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:00 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Missouri communities to share $266 million for sewer, water projects

Jefferson City, Mo. – Dozens of Missouri communities will share $266 million for sewer and water infrastructure improvements.

The money for the projects is to be split, with $146 million coming from the federal stimulus and $120 million from the state.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon announced the construction plan Monday. Nixon said it will improve important infrastructure and put people back to work.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:46 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

St. Louis may get men's soccer

St. Louis – Fans of men's professional soccer in St. Louis may have a team to call their own come April.

The team would be part of a new soccer league being formed by existing franchises in Atlanta, North Carolina, Florida, Minnesota, and two in Canada. The teams are currently part of a Division II league called United Soccer League I, but many are dissatisfied with the way the USL operates.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:44 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Police search government building for source of alarm

Jefferson City, MO – Police are still investigating a possible hostage situation in an office
building across from the governor's mansion in Jefferson City.

Police say authorities got a call around 10 a.m. today from an alarm company that took a call from a woman who said there was a hostage situation on the fifth floor. But police haven't confirmed any hostages have been taken, and
don't know if it was a prank call.

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