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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:24 am
Mon March 30, 2009

Major transit cuts in effect

(photo: Adam Allington, KWMU)

St. Louis – Cuts to Metro bus, train, and van service took effect Monday.

Last week the St. Louis transit agency sought a last-minute solution to fill its $50 million deficit, but none arrived.

Instead bus service west of I-270 has been largely curtailed and Metrolink trains will run less frequently.

Metro CEO Bob Baer said some of the service could be restored if state lawmakers agree to a $35 million emergency appropriation. But Baer said state legislators need to hear from the public.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:14 am
Mon March 30, 2009

Collapsed mine damages elementary school

Benld, Ill. – Classes have been canceled this week at an elementary school in Macoupin County northeast of St. Louis after major structural damage was discovered.

Officials at Benld Elementary say the collapse of an old mine deep underneath the building was probably the cause.

Over the weekend Principal Angela Turcol found large cracks the in walls, floors and ceiling.

The school has about 700 students and 30 employees.

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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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