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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:18 am
Tue October 20, 2009

Blagojevich prosecuters want to limit talk of trial on reality show

Chicago – Prosecutors have asked former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's attorneys for an agreement to limit what he might say on Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" TV show.

Federal Judge James Zagel said yesterday he is also concerned that whatever Blagojevich says on the show might cause complications at trial.

Blagojevich was in New York last week as taping got under way for the show, which is scheduled to air on NBC in March.

The former governor's trial is set to begin June 3.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:04 am
Tue October 20, 2009

In Missouri prisons, record numbers

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's prison population has reached an all-time high.

At the end of September, the department had 30,720 inmates. That topped the previous high mark of 30,654 set in October 2005.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:00 pm
Mon October 19, 2009

Mo. State Parks cutting jobs

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Department of Natural Resources is cutting more than 100 jobs within the Missouri Division of State Parks.

Today's announcement comes a week-and-a-half after Governor Jay Nixon's Budget Director revealed that more budget cuts were on the way.

DNR spokesman Travis Ford blames the job cuts on the continued decline in state revenues.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:53 pm
Mon October 19, 2009

H1N1 vaccine gradually arriving in Missouri

A patient is injected as part of a clinical study of the H1N1 vaccine at Saint Louis University's Center for Vaccine Development. UPI/Jeff Roberson

St. Louis – Vaccine for the new H1N1 swine flu virus is gradually becoming available in Missouri, but the state health department now says clinics will not receive the surge in supplies that they had expected to arrive in early November.

Spokesman Kit Wagar said the health department was not given a reason for the delay, but said the state has received about 84,000 as of late last week, and continues to get shipments.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:30 am
Mon October 19, 2009

Burris says he'll only vote for health bill with public insurance option

Washington – For Democrats determined to pass a health care bill, U.S. Sen. Roland Burris can no longer be ignored.

The Illinois Democrat said he'll only vote for a bill to provide health care to millions more Americans as long as it allows the government to sell insurance in competition with private insurers, and he said he will not compromise.

That's caught the attention of the same Democratic leaders who tried to keep Burris out of the Senate after he was appointed by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:29 am
Mon October 19, 2009

Early finance reports show competitive House races

Jefferson City, Mo. – If early fundraising is an indication, Missouri could have competitive races for nearly half its U.S. House seats next year.

Recent campaign finance reports show several races to watch. One is the 3rd District in St. Louis, where Republican challenger Ed Martin raised more money than Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan from July through September.

In the 7th District in southwest Missouri, at least four candidates are raising money in a Republican primary to try to succeed Rep. Roy Blunt.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:08 am
Mon October 19, 2009

New Town developer, Whittaker, files for bankruptcy

St. Louis, MO – The largest home builder in St. Charles County, Whittaker Builders, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Whittaker is most widely known for being the primary architect of the $1.5 billion new urbanism development know as "New Town at St. Charles".

Whittaker spokesman Tim Busse said the decision to seek bankruptcy protection was a defensive move to protect the company's assets from its creditors.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:12 pm
Fri October 16, 2009

Methane gas levels up at north St. Louis landfill

St. Louis, MO – A warning has gone out to some residents of north St. Louis - methane gas levels at a nearby landfill are dangerously high and that could affect their safety.

The city of St. Louis has been working to cap the old Hall Street demolition landfill for 12 years. Now, the state says methane created by the decomposing waste is way above safe levels.

St. Louis Streets director Todd Waelterman says that can be dangerous if it spreads to the homes around the landfill.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:41 pm
Fri October 16, 2009

Board of Aldermen get first look at McKee legislation

St. Louis Public Radio – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is getting its first look at legislation authorizing a controversial development on the city's north side.

The bills introduced Friday authorize Paul McKee to develop nearly two square miles in north St. Louis, as well as the use of tax increment financing.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:40 am
Fri October 16, 2009

Nixon fires Bindbeutel, will reinstate Templeton

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon discusses his decisions to reinstate DNR Director Mark Templeton and dismiss long-time aide Joe Bindbeutel.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon has dismissed a long-time aide, but will reinstate the head of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in the ongoing controversy over the delayed release of E. coli test results from the Lake of the Ozarks.

Nixon has rescinded the appointment of Joe Bindbeutel to serve as an Administrative Law judge, in effect firing him, because he made the decision to delay the release of E. coli test results from the Lake of the Ozarks while serving as DNR Deputy Director.

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