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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:24 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Beach closings at Lake of the Ozarks spike in 2009

Jefferson City, Mo – Newly released Missouri water records show a spike this year in high bacteria levels at the Lake of the Ozarks.

There are two public beaches at the popular lake. Water quality tests showed E. coli levels high enough to close at least one of the beaches 11 times in 2009. That's more than double the number of times beaches were to be closed between 2003 and 2008.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:57 am
Tue October 6, 2009

MoDOT releases new video of "dying" highway

Jefferson City, Mo – The Missouri Department of Transportation has a new video to help push for funds to rebuild Interstate 70.

The video shows how the layers of rock and soil underneath a highway crumble, even though the driving surface looks good. MoDOT says Interstate 70 is a good example of a road that's gone through its life cycle and now needs to be replaced.

MoDOT officials say several other states have requested permission to use the video.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:29 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Audit finds need for tighter controls at Tour of Missouri

Cyclists race through the state in the 2007 Tour of Missouri
(UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Jefferson City, Mo – An audit of the Tour of Missouri done by a private company has found the non-profit running the cycling race needs to adopt written policies and procedures for handling its finances.

Gov. Jay Nixon's administration paid $13,000 for the review, which covered all of 2008. The state provided nearly half of the race's $3.3 million budget that year.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:33 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

Rights of long-term care residents highlighted

Mo. Dept. of Health and Senior Services Dir. Margaret Donnelly
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, MO – About 50 residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities gathered in Jefferson City today to kick off a statewide tour designed to recognize their rights and needs.

The tour will highlight rights possessed by long-term care residents, which include having a say in their treatment and filing complaints without fear of retaliation.

State Health and Senior Services Director Margaret Donnelly says these rights are already embedded into state law.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:26 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

St. Louis County's first batch of swine flu vaccine arrives

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis County Health Department has received its first shipment of the highly-anticipated H1N1 flu vaccine.

But spokesman John Shelton says there are only about 5,000 doses of the vaccine in nasal mist form.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:34 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Cardinals' playoffs to boost downtown businesses' revenue

St. Louis – It won't be just fans who are hoping that the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first round of the National League Division Series this week - each additional home game promises an economic boost for downtown bars and restaurants.

If the Cards stay in the playoffs all the way through the World Series, as many as eight more home games could be played in St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:24 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Off-duty cop shot

St. Louis – St. Louis police say an off-duty officer and her boyfriend were wounded and another woman died during a robbery.

Investigators say the 27-year-old female officer was shot and is in critical condition after the early Monday shooting. Her boyfriend also was shot in the neck and is listed in serious condition.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:15 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Bars, liquor stores in E. St. Louis to temporarily close earlier

East St. Louis, Ill – East St. Louis mayor Alvin Parks has temporarily ordered bars and liquor stores in his city to stop selling at 1am following two weekend killings.

Twenty-nine-year-old Terrell Seay of East St. Louis was killed after a fight outside one club A 23-year-old from Bethalto, Anthony Rice, was run over and killed outside another night club.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:24 am
Mon October 5, 2009

MoBot symposium focuses on Caucasus region

St. Louis – For countries in the former Soviet Union, a collaboration with the Missouri Botanical Garden may lead to greater protections for endangered species in Eurasia. Researchers and scientists from countries such as Russia and Georgia will be gathering this week at the garden to discuss a comprehensive list of endangered species in the Caucasus Mountain range.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:01 pm
Fri October 2, 2009

Cardinal Glennon takes steps to handle flu cases

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Children's Hospital isn't the only medical facility taking special steps to deal with the sudden increase in the number of patients with flu-like symptoms.

Earlier this week, the hospital erected two large tents in its parking garage to handle the extra patients.

Now, Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis has taken similar precautions. Spokesman Bob Davidson says they will treat kids in space usually used as doctors' offices.

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