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10:31 am
Mon October 12, 2009

MLK bridge closed for two weeks

King Bridge in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – Martin Luther King Bridge is closed for the next twelve days in an effort to make it safer.

Several cross-over fatalities have occurred on the bridge between St. Louis and East St. Louis. Now the Illinois Department of Transportation is spending one-point-four million dollars to make changes.

IDOT chief engineer Jeff Church says there will now be a barrier between oncoming traffic and fewer, though wider lanes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:02 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

Missouri's budget woes continue

Missouri Budget Director Linda Luebbering
(KWMU File Photo)

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon is planning more budget cuts, including eliminating more state jobs.

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering confirmed the news this afternoon. She says they don't know yet how much money will be cut or how many state layoffs there will be.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:51 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

No word yet on cause of Scottrade escalator accident

St. Louis, MO – One of the three pairs of large escalators at Scottrade Center will be shut down for events this weekend while it's determined why it malfunctioned last night.

Thirteen people were injured while leaving the St. Louis Blues game at the arena. Five were treated for minor injuries at area hospitals and released.

Blues president Peter McLoughlin says they still don't know what caused a down escalator to suddenly speed up, throwing riders to the ground.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:04 pm
Fri October 9, 2009

St. Louis Police officers indicted

St. Louis, MO. – The St. Louis Police Department has lost two more police officers to corruption charges.

The U.S. Attorney's office Friday announced the indictment of officers Christian Brezell and Ronald Jackson. Both face charges of stealing merchandise from a theft suspect, who was cooperating with the FBI.

Department spokeswoman Erica Van Ross says Brezill was terminated last month and Jackson retired last week under investigation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:18 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Barnes-Jewish cancels some flu shots

St. Louis, MO. – Barnes-Jewish Hospital is cancelling three of its scheduled dates to give seasonal flu shots because of an unexpected demand for the vaccine.

The hospital has been offering free shots to the public this week seeing more than 20-thousand people so far.

Barnes-Jewish spokesman Jason Merrill says that's a 30 percent increase over previous years.

"Right off the bat we had lines we've never seen before," he said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:11 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Monsanto investigated for antitrust

St. Louis, MO. – Monsanto Co. says the Justice Department is investigating whether it violated antitrust rules in trying to expand its dominance of the market for genetically engineered
crops.

The department's investigation of Monsanto is part of a previously announced inquiry into consolidation in the seed industry.

It focuses on the company's licensing agreements with seed companies.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:03 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

More money for Career Ladder sought

Jefferson City, Mo. – The chairman of the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee is calling on Governor Jay Nixon to consider providing more money for the Career Ladder program this year when new revenue estimates come in.

Career Ladder provides extra income to teachers who take on extra duties, but the program is funded retroactively: Money for the current school year won't be provided until Fiscal Year 2010.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:34 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

High demand forced Barnes-Jewish to cancel seasonal flu shot clincs

St. Louis – Higher than expected demand has forced Barnes-Jewish Hospital to cancel three of its free seasonal flu shot clinics scheduled for later this month.

The October 10th clinic at the Emerson Family YMCA, the October 14th clinic at the Edward Jones YMCA, and the October 24th clinic at the Monsanto Family YMCA have all been canceled.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:11 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Doe Run mine cited for ongoing safety and health violations

Viburnum, Mo – The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has placed a lead and zinc mine in Missouri on notice because of ongoing health and safety violations.

The Doe Run Company owns the Buick Mine. It's one of 10 on a list released yesterday by the MSHA. Mine inspectors say they've found potential patterns of violations that could lead to serious illness or injuries.

Doe Run has 90 days to come up with corrective plans, or face more rigorous inspections and stricter enforcement of safety laws.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:57 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Opponents of "Missouri plan" outline another option for filling court vacanies

Jefferson City, Mo – A group that wants to change the way Missouri selects its judges has unveiled another proposed ballot initiative.

The new proposal from Better Courts for Missouri would require partisan elections for all judges. An earlier version would allow governors to appoint whomever they choose to appellate and urban trial courts with the consent of the Senate.

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