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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:44 am
Mon October 26, 2009

MSD holds forum on new sewage plan

St. Louis – The Metropolitan Sewer District is giving residents a chance to find out more about a $1.9 billion project designed to clean up area waterways.

By federal law, MSD is required to reduce the amount of sewage that flows into the area's streams and rivers during heavy rain. In some parts of the service area, customers do not have separate sanitary and storm sewers, and the system can be overwhelmed in storms.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:42 am
Mon October 26, 2009

Wal-Mart tops list of Missouri employers with workers on Medicaid

Jefferson City, Mo. – After ignoring a state mandate for more than a year, the Missouri Department of Social Services finally has published a list of employers whose workers get
Medicaid health coverage.

A 2007 Missouri law requires the department to produce a quarterly report listing each business with at least 50 employees or their family members enrolled in the federal-state insurance program for the poor. But the department previously said it was unable to do so.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:38 am
Mon October 26, 2009

State rep apologizes after DUI arrest

Imperial, Mo. – Missouri state Rep. Tim Meadows is apologizing after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Jefferson County.

The Democrat from Imperial said in the statement issued Sunday that he is "deeply sorry."

Sheriff's Capt. Ralph Brown said a Jefferson County deputy stopped Meadows about 12:13 a.m. Saturday in Imperial. He was booked at the Jefferson County Jail at 1:53 a.m. and released at 2:45 a.m.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:04 pm
Fri October 23, 2009

Missing Cole Co. girl found dead

Elizabeth Olton
Credit: KRCG-TV

Jefferson City, Mo. – A body found this afternoon in Cole County has been identified as that of a 9-year-old St. Martins girl who had been missing for two days.

Elizabeth Olton disappeared Wednesday evening while walking home from a friend's house a quarter of a mile away. Her body was found in a wooded area near her house.

Authorities say there is evidence that led them to a person of interest, an unidentified older juvenile who has been taken into custody.

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