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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:11 am
Fri March 20, 2009

Former Brown Shoe exec faces mail fraud charges

St. Louis, MO – A former top official with Brown Shoe Company has been indicted on charges he used fraudulent invoices to fund the renovation of his home.

44-year-old Christopher Gray was in charge of all the maintenance and cleaning at Brown Shoe's properties. He is accused of inflating invoices to a contractor that was doing construction and renovation of Brown Shoe office spaces. The contractor allegedly used the extra funds - totaling $300,000 between June 2008 and late January 2009 - to work on Gray's home.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:01 am
Thu March 19, 2009

Illinois lawmakers give Quinn tax hikes a cool reception

Springfield, Ill. – Governor Pat Quinn says Illinois is reeling from an integrity crisis, and fiscal calamity.

In his first major speech since taking office, Quinn outlined his plan to deal with the problems.

Legislators say they appreciate Quinn's cooperative tone ... but many disagree with the governor's plan to raise the income tax from 3 to 4-and-a-half percent.

Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:52 am
Thu March 19, 2009

Democrats continue offensive against GOP budget

From left, Democratic state Representatives Rachel Storch and Tishaura Jones, and state Senator Jeff Smith protest the GOP budget plan
(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Democratic state lawmakers are continuing their public relations offensive against a state House budget proposal they say makes "cruel and unnecessary" cuts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:51 am
Thu March 19, 2009

E. St. Louis clubs may close earlier

St. Louis, MO – Law enforcement and citizens' groups do not want East St. Louis to be the early morning destination for St. Louis club goers.

They want night clubs in the city to close at the same time as St. Louis bars in an effort to cut down on crime.

But while several East St. Louis city council members support the idea, it's up to Mayor Alvin Parks, who acts as the city's liquor commissioner.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:16 am
Thu March 19, 2009

Police break up luggage theft ring at Lambert Airport

stolen items
Adam Allington (KWMU)

St. Louis, MO – Detectives operating out of Lambert St. Louis Airport have broken up a luggage theft ring responsible for stealing over 900 items.

Police have made a total 8 arrests involving thefts occurring over the past 15 months.

Airport Police Chief Paul Mason says the workers were employed by St. Louis-based Huntleigh USA.

The workers have admitted to rifling through bags before they were placed on outbound Delta Airlines flights.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:54 am
Wed March 18, 2009

Missouri jobless rate rises in February

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's unemployment rate has climbed again, rising to 8.3 percent in February from 8 percent in January.

Tuesday's report from the state Department of Economic Development shows Missouri continues to shed jobs amid the national recession.

The state lost 6,400 jobs last month, with the biggest losses reported in professional and business services and in manufacturing.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:41 am
Wed March 18, 2009

Illinois governor proposes tax hike amid economic downturn

Gov. Pat Quinn

Springfield, Ill. – The national economic downturn has been trouble for Illinois state government. Tax revenues are down, making it hard for the state to pay its bills and provide services.

Governor Pat Quinn will offer what he terms a "bold" budget plan to state lawmakers Wednesday.

Quinn has proposed a back-to-school state sales tax holiday and he wants to triple the personal exemption so people can shield more of their income from taxation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:06 am
Wed March 18, 2009

Research shows prostate cancer screenings don't reduce deaths from the disease

St. Louis, MO –

A study led by a Washington University School of Medicine researcher says separate screenings for prostate cancer don't result in fewer deaths from the disease than regular check-ups. Dr. Gerald Andriole says men who are expected to live less than 10 years could stop having prostate cancer screenings.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:51 am
Wed March 18, 2009

Nixon remains confident about Ballpark Village project

The site of the proposed Ballpark Village. It will be used for parking and a softball field during the 2009 All-Star Game.
(KWMU photo)

St. Louis, MO – Governor Jay Nixon says he is confident that the Ballpark Village development will get built on the site of the old Busch Stadium.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Tuesday that they plan to use the 12-acre site as a softball field and parking lot during the 2009 All-Star Game. The original development plans had condos and office space on the lot by this July.

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Science
2:26 am
Wed March 18, 2009

Researcher attaches radio transmitters to rare beetles at Saint Louis Zoo

Researchers hope to one day track endangered burying beetles using radio transmitters, like the one attached to this beetle.

St. Louis, MO –

A National Science Foundation researcher successfully glued radio transmitters to two rare burying beetles for the first time Wednesday. That happened at the Saint Louis Zoo, which breeds the endangered beetles for release in Ohio, one of 35 states the beetles once populated.

Bob Merz directs the zoo's burying beetle conservation center. He says attaching the radio transmitters, which weigh less than one gram, is the first step to tracking the beetles electronically after their release.

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