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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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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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