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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:24 am
Wed April 1, 2009

SLPS sued over deed restrictions

St. Louis, MO – Two charter school supporters have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn restrictions the St. Louis Public Schools have on sales of their old buildings.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:42 am
Tue March 31, 2009

Coal supporters, opponents compete for public opinion

Ann Arbor, Mich. –

You are being targeted by lobbyists. The coal industry and environmentalists are both trying to influence what you think.

In the first part of our series on the future of coal, the Environment Report's Lester Graham looks at the campaigns for and against coal.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:51 am
Tue March 31, 2009

Missouri has room for green job growth

St. Louis, MO. – A coalition of international business and environmental groups spoke Tuesday at a meeting of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association.

The message from United States Climate Action Partnership is that Missouri will create jobs by investing in clean energy.

Daniel Lashof with the Natural Resources Defense Council say those opportunities go beyond wind turbines.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:17 am
Tue March 31, 2009

CWIP bill passes Mo. Senate committee

Callaway plant in Fulton (company photo)

Jefferson City, MO – A State Senate committee has passed a bill that would allow exemptions to Missouri's Construction Work in Progress law, also known as CWIP.

The legislation would give the Public Service Commission authority to allow exemptions to the CWIP law, which bars utilities from billing customers for the cost of new power plants while under construction.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:13 am
Tue March 31, 2009

Nixon Medicaid expansion plan picks up backing of business group

Gov. Jay Nixon tells employees at Boeing that a major business group has endorsed his plan to expand health care
(UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – One of Missouri's main business lobbying groups has given its support to Governor Jay Nixon's planned health care expansion.

Under a deal announced in early March, Missouri's hospitals will pay a higher provider tax. The additional revenue will be used to draw down enough federal dollars to expand Medicaid to another 43,000 families by increasing the income limit to 50 percent of the poverty line, up from 20 percent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:56 am
Tue March 31, 2009

Candidates play blame game in mayoral debate

Mayor Francis Slay, Rev. Elston McCowan, and former state Senator Maida Coleman at the St. Louis Public Library
(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO –

Two of the three challengers to Mayor Francis Slay in the general election used a debate at the St. Louis Public Library Monday night to lay the blame for city's problems at his feet.

Both independent candidate Maida Coleman and Green Party candidate Elston McCowan targeted Slay on a wide range of issues, including the city's struggling school system, its police department, the stalled Ballpark Village development, and the ongoing racial divide.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:05 am
Tue March 31, 2009

Saint Louis Zoo euthanizes polar bear

St. Louis, MO –

The Saint Louis Zoo is dealing with another animal death. Zoo veterinarians euthanized a 23-year-old polar bear, Hope, Monday. She was suffering from inoperable liver cancer.


Zoo staffers say the decision to euthanize her was made because she had not been interested in food and had been less active in recent days. Staffers say she lived longer than most captive polar bears, which live between twenty and twenty-two years.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:24 am
Mon March 30, 2009

Major transit cuts in effect

(photo: Adam Allington, KWMU)

St. Louis – Cuts to Metro bus, train, and van service took effect Monday.

Last week the St. Louis transit agency sought a last-minute solution to fill its $50 million deficit, but none arrived.

Instead bus service west of I-270 has been largely curtailed and Metrolink trains will run less frequently.

Metro CEO Bob Baer said some of the service could be restored if state lawmakers agree to a $35 million emergency appropriation. But Baer said state legislators need to hear from the public.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:14 am
Mon March 30, 2009

Collapsed mine damages elementary school

Benld, Ill. – Classes have been canceled this week at an elementary school in Macoupin County northeast of St. Louis after major structural damage was discovered.

Officials at Benld Elementary say the collapse of an old mine deep underneath the building was probably the cause.

Over the weekend Principal Angela Turcol found large cracks the in walls, floors and ceiling.

The school has about 700 students and 30 employees.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:12 am
Mon March 30, 2009

Three men safe after trench collapse

Gerald, Mo. – Three men are safe after a trench collapse yesterday in Gerald, Missouri southwest of St. Louis.

The city employees were working on a sewer line. One was able to free himself shortly after the collapse. Emergency crews rescued another several hours later.

But the third man, who was trapped from his waist down, was not freed until 9 Sunday night, after more than six hours. He was flown to a St. Louis-area hospital.

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