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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:12 am
Mon March 30, 2009

Three men safe after trench collapse

Gerald, Mo. – Three men are safe after a trench collapse yesterday in Gerald, Missouri southwest of St. Louis.

The city employees were working on a sewer line. One was able to free himself shortly after the collapse. Emergency crews rescued another several hours later.

But the third man, who was trapped from his waist down, was not freed until 9 Sunday night, after more than six hours. He was flown to a St. Louis-area hospital.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:39 am
Mon March 30, 2009

Mo. Senate may consider substitute CWIP bill

Callaway plant in Fulton (company photo)

Jefferson City, MO – A substitute version of the Construction Work in Progress (CWIP) bill is being considered by the Missouri Senate.

The original bill would allow exemptions in the three-decades-old law barring power companies from charging customers for new plants while under construction.

The alternate bill, sponsored by State Senator Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia), would instead give the Public Service Commission authority to grant such exemptions.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:22 am
Mon March 30, 2009

New hospital opens in St. Louis County

St. Louis, MO –

The first new hospital in St. Louis County in nearly 35 years opened Monday. The 154-bed St. Clare Health Center in Fenton replaces Kirkwood's St. Joseph Hospital, which closed the same day.


Hospital president Sherry Hausmann says the St. Clare emergency room can handle forty thousand visits per year, about double the number St. Joseph saw.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:42 am
Fri March 27, 2009

Missouri House passes budget without governor's Medicaid plan

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has passed the state budget for fiscal year 2010.

The nearly $23 billion spending plan was completed without the $145 million health care expansion sought by Governor Jay Nixon.

Before the vote, House Minority Floor Leader Paul LeVota tried to convince House Budget Chairman Allen Icet that Medicaid expansion may be inevitable.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:30 am
Fri March 27, 2009

Death penalty not sought in Metro East church killing

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Edwardsville, Ill. – Prosecutors in the Metro East said they will not seek the death penalty for Terry Sedlacek, the man accused of killing a Baptist minister during a church service nearly three weeks ago.

Sedlacek faces first degree murder charges in the death of Pastor Fred Winters. He was also charged with aggravated battery in the stabbing of two parishioners at the First Baptist Church in Maryville.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:16 am
Fri March 27, 2009

Some bus service will remain for Chesterfield Valley

St. Louis, MO – Days before the largest transit service reduction in St. Louis' history, some west county employers received a small bit of good news.

Metro's board of directors voted on Friday to keep open some bus service along the I-64 Corridor from Clayton out to the Chesterfield Valley if match funds could be raised.

The cost to keep that line open will cost around $173,000.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:15 am
Fri March 27, 2009

Overnight closures along Interstate 70

St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Department of Transportation will start overnight work this Sunday on Interstate 70 at Riverview in the city.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:03 am
Fri March 27, 2009

County police chief announces retirement

St. Louis County police chief Jerry Lee
(from www.stlouisco.com)

St. Louis, MO – The chief of the St. Louis County police has announced his retirement.

Colonel Jerry Lee says he will serve until August 1st or until the board selects a new chief. The 38-year veteran has led the department since June 2004.

St. Louis County Police Association president Bob Frohne says the union will be sorry to see Lee go. Frohne says the chief was loyal to both the sworn officers and the department's civilian employees. He says he's glad the new chief will come from within the department.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:23 am
Fri March 27, 2009

AmerenUE warns of phone scam

AmerenUE Senior VP Richard Mark says his company always contacts late payers by mail.

St. Louis – AmerenUE officials said a scam artist is calling customers and threatening to turn off their electricity if they do not pay late bills immediately.

The caller has been demanding credit card and bank account information.

Senior Vice President Richard Mark said several dozen customers contacted AmerenUE this week after receiving suspicious calls.

He said someone appears to be dialing at random, and no customer data have been compromised.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:32 am
Thu March 26, 2009

House gives first-round approval to Missouri budget, restores funding for meals program

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House has given first-round approval to the state budget for next year.

The amended spending plan restores funding for Meals on Wheels, which provides food to the elderly, but it does not include a proposal by Governor Jay Nixon to expand health care to tens of thousands of low-income parents and children.

During debate, Republican House Member Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph compared so-called big government health care to slavery.

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