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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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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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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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10:11 am
Thu March 26, 2009

Anonymous source in ACLU prisons report comes forward

Former Corrections Officer Darious Young
Adam Allington (KWMU)

St. Louis, MO – An anonymous source who contributed to an American Civil Liberties Union report on alleged civil rights abuses in two St. Louis City jails came forward on Thursday.

Darious Young worked for the Division of Corrections for seventeen years. He says he and five other corrections officers mentioned in the report wished to remain anonymous out of fear of reprisals from the city.

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8:23 am
Thu March 26, 2009

Highway patrol rescinds report linking conservative groups to militia movement

Jefferson City, Mo. – The head of the Missouri Highway Patrol has quashed a controversial report linking conservative groups with the modern militia movement.

Superintendent James Keathley said distribution of the report has been halted, and that a new system is being created to review future reports before they're released.

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder said the report unfairly targets conservative Missourians.

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8:20 am
Thu March 26, 2009

Despite budget woes, Illinois gov. approves raises for himself, lawmakers

Springfield, Ill. – Even as Illinois faces a major budget deficit, Governor Pat Quinn's proposed budget includes pay raises for top state officials and lawmakers.

Quinn promised to limit his own salary to about $150,000 per year, but his budget plan lists the governor's salary at $182,000.

The plan also gives lawmakers a 2.8 percent raise.

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7:16 am
Thu March 26, 2009

Federal agents raid East St. Louis mayor's office

St. Louis, MO. – The FBI and IRS raided the East ST. Louis mayor's office Thursday.

Mayor Alvin Parks was out of town when the raid occurred. Parks later said,though, that the search warrant listed both the mayor's office and liquor commissioner.

Parks serves as both.

He said the city will support and cooperate with any investigation, but Parks said he did not know what officials were looking for.

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2:20 am
Thu March 26, 2009

Nixon signs bill creating stimulus money accounts

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed into law a bill that creates two accounts designed to keep track of the state's federal stimulus money.

"This is an important step to help state officials, government agencies and all in Missouri make sure that they can ensure that our recovery funds are transparent, and are put to the best use possible to create jobs and to move our economy forward," Nixon said.

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10:30 am
Wed March 25, 2009

Vintage landmine draws bomb squad to suburban home

Town & Country, Mo. – Federal agents found a nonworking landmine in the suburban St. Louis home of a former investment banker awaiting sentencing in a $13 million fraud case.

U.S. Postal inspector Dan Taylor said FBI agents and other officers went to the home of Don C. Weir in Town and Country yesterday to seize his assets as part of a plea deal.

Among a collection of war memorabilia they found a Soviet-style landmine. But a bomb squad determined the mine was not live.

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10:24 am
Wed March 25, 2009

European court rejects Budeweiser trademark bid

Brussels – A European Union court has rejected Anheuser-Busch-InBev's claim to register "Budweiser" as a trademark in Europe.

Even before it's takeover by Belgium's InBev, Anheuser-Busch had been in a protracted dispute with Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar over the name, which is derived from the Czech town of Budweis.

The court upheld an earlier decision, saying InBev does not have the exclusive right to use the "Budweiser" name in Europe.

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