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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:39 pm
Thu October 22, 2009

Northside development bills get easy committee approval

St. Louis – Legislation authorizing a massive redevelopment project on the north side of St. Louis sailed through another step in the approval process Thursday, as the Board of Aldermen's Housing, Urban Development, and Zoning committee voted nearly unanimously to give developer Paul McKee the right to rebuild 1500 acres in north city.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:40 am
Thu October 22, 2009

Environmental group says Clean Water Act poorly enforced in Missouri

St. Louis – An environmental group says the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has turned a blind eye to toxic chemicals that are being dumped into the state's streams.

A report from the research and advocacy group Environment America comes on the heels of a similar study from the New York Times. Both studies suggest that regulators across the country of failing to enforce the Federal Clean Water Act.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:59 am
Thu October 22, 2009

Southwest adds 9 new flights to Lambert schedule

St. Louis – Southwest Airlines is adding nine daily flights from Lambert Airport

The news comes just a month after American Airlines announced it would cut 46 flights and 20 destinations from St. Louis.

Southwest Wednesday it expects to add the flights by May, including six direct flights to new destinations.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:30 am
Thu October 22, 2009

Jurors deliberate in 1977 murder case

St. Louis – Jurors in St. Louis County are deliberating the case of man accused of killing a teenager 32 years ago.

Gregory Bowman has been charged with murder in the death of Velda Rumfelt,
who was found strangled in a field in 1977.

Both sides agreed during closing arguments that the case hinges on a pair of underwear prosecutors say were taken from the victim's body and had traces of Bowman's DNA.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:45 pm
Wed October 21, 2009

Mo. PSC wants oversight of underground utility lines

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission wants to take over enforcement of the state's laws designed to protect underground utility lines.

Currently, the State Attorney General's office has the authority to go after people or companies that damage underground power or natural gas lines.

Natelle Dietrich, Director of Utility Operations for the PSC, says it makes sense for the commission to have that authority.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:28 am
Wed October 21, 2009

McCaskill opposes homebuyer tax credit extension

McCaskill (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis – Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she won't support the efforts of fellow Democrats to extend a tax credit for first-time homebuyers.

The $8000 credit, approved as part of the federal stimulus package in February, is scheduled to expire November 30th. It's cost the government about $10 billion so far.

The government has done everything it can to help middle-class families weather the recession, McCaskill said. She called further stimulus a "mistake."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:00 pm
Tue October 20, 2009

Anti cloning and "person" initiatives approved for circulation

An ampoule containing a medium for stem cell storage. (Reuters photo/Peter Macdiarmid)

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Secretary of State's Office has approved for circulation two ballot initiatives backed by opponents of abortion and of a type of stem cell research some consider to be human cloning.

The first ballot question would bar state tax dollars from being used to fund abortions or to fund the procedure known as somatic cell nuclear transfer, which is considered by initiative backers to be human cloning.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:10 pm
Tue October 20, 2009

Public option advocates turn up heat on elected officals

Frank Sprayberry
Adam Allington, STL Public Radio

St. Louis, MO –
St. Louisans in support of a federally-backed health insurance option are sending a message to their elected officials.

Members of various unions and community organizing groups rallied in front of Senator Claire McCaskill's office on Tuesday to make their case for a public option.

Keith Tubbs is a member of the Service Employees International Union.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:34 pm
Tue October 20, 2009

Alleged church shooter found unfit to stand trial

Terry Sedlacek has been ruled unfit to stand trial

Edwardsville, Ill – The man accused of fatally shooting the pastor at an Illinois church has been found unfit to stand trial.

Madison County Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli signed an order Tuesday morning agreeing with the findings of a court-appointed psychologist that Terry Sedlacek's schizophrenia will make it impossible for Sedlacek to assist his attorneys in his defense, or follow courtroom proceedings.

Madison County public defender John Rekowski was satisfied with Tognarelli's ruling.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:28 pm
Tue October 20, 2009

Missouri prepares for 2010 Census

Jefferson City, Mo. – State and federal officials are preparing for the 2010 U.S. Census, which begins in March.

One of their main concerns is that some residents are afraid or apathetic when it comes to filling out census forms. Officials are taking steps to reassure the public that there's no agenda apart from accurately counting the population of Missouri and the rest of the nation.

Dennis Johnson is Regional Director for the U.S. Census office in Kansas City, Kansas.

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