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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:48 am
Thu October 29, 2009

Judge sides with Missouri inmate in case alleging cruel punishment

St. Louis – A federal judge has sided with an inmate over missing videotapes taken during the man's 17-hour restraint at a Missouri prison.

Judge Richard Dorr agreed with offender Darrin Walker that the Department of Corrections intentionally destroyed the videotapes to "suppress the truth."

Walker, a convicted murderer, claims in a lawsuit he was restrained without water or bathroom breaks for at least 17 hours for refusing to have a cellmate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:45 pm
Wed October 28, 2009

WashU students reach settlement with club over exclusion

The six seniors excluded from a Chicago nightclub speak at a town hall on race at Washington University Oct. 26
(photo by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis – Six black Washington University seniors who were excluded from a class party at a Chicago nightclub for allegedly violating the dress code will get an apology from the club.

The students were told they could not enter the Mother's Original Night Club because their jeans were too baggy. Their offer to change clothes was rejected, and the men say white students with even baggier clothing were admitted, making their exclusion racially based.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:03 pm
Wed October 28, 2009

Bond fights cap and trade legislation

Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) attends the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee meeting Wednesday.
(photo courtesy office of Kit Bond)

St. Louis, MO – U.S. Senator Kit Bond says he'll continue to fight cap and trade bills in Congress that he says will kill jobs and raise energy taxes.

Bond sat behind a stack of cards and letters at a committee hearing in Washington Wednesday that he says were sent in by customers of Missouri electric cooperatives opposed to higher power bills. Bond says polls show that most Americans don't want to pay more taxes to offset climate change.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:39 am
Wed October 28, 2009

Nixon announces more budget cuts

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon discusses the latest round of budget cuts with reporters.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon has announced more cuts to Missouri's state budget, due to the ongoing decline in state revenues.

The governor is slashing nearly $204 million out of the FY2010 budget. Almost 700 state jobs are being eliminated, nearly 500 of which are part-time.

Nixon says the cuts don't include reductions to classroom funding, scholarships, or to crucial public safety needs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:04 pm
Tue October 27, 2009

New director named for Lambert

St. Louis – Mayor Francis Slay has picked the person he wants to lead Lambert St. Louis International Airport when its current director retires in January.

Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge is no stranger to Lambert. She was the vice president of TWA's North American operations when the airline was headquartered at Lambert, and then became the managing director of American Airlines' St. Louis operation. While with TWA, she was responsible for 100 airports, and found Lambert to be one of the best-run facilities.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:52 am
Tue October 27, 2009

EPA says land near lead smelter continues to be tainted

St. Louis – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says tests have found contaminated soil at more than a third of residential properties near a Missouri lead smelter.

The agency said Monday it's considering enforcement actions against the Doe Run Co., following soil tests near the company's smelter in Herculaneum.

The EPA says lead levels are so high at some homes that soil needs to be dug out and replaced.

Many of the properties already had that done under previous EPA orders.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:46 pm
Mon October 26, 2009

Mounted Police stables may close permanently

St. Louis – A top St. Louis Police Department official is recommending that the department permanently shutter its mounted patrol stables in Forest Park.

The department was forced to move the horses to Chesterfield after testing revealed high levels of lead at the stables. The tests were part of a roof replacement project.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:47 pm
Mon October 26, 2009

Plant scientists from across globe now in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – Nearly 1,500 plant scientists are in St. Louis this week for an international conference dealing with world food production, among other things.

The International Congress on Plant Molecular Biology is returning to the U.S. for the first time in over two decades.

Conference chair Perry Gustafson says the selection of St. Louis for the meeting says a lot about the region's reputation in the field of plant science.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:39 pm
Mon October 26, 2009

McGwire returns to Cardinals as hitting coach; La Russa signs for another year

McGwire (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – It's official - Mark McGwire will return to St. Louis as the Cardinals' hitting coach next season.

McGwire will replace Hal McRae, whose contract was not renewed. Cardinals' manager Tony La Russa announced the decision Monday. He said he believes McGwire's success as a hitter will translate into him being a good coach.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:50 am
Mon October 26, 2009

Report finds Missouri public defender system in crisis

St. Louis, MO. – A recently-released study says Missouri's Public Defender system is "heading for disaster."

The study finds Missouri is last in per capita expenditure compared to other state public defender systems.

Researchers also say Missouri's public defenders often have twice as many cases as the maximum recommended caseload.

Robert Spangenberg heads up the group that did the study. He says the state's system has been seeking relief for years.

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