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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:20 am
Thu March 26, 2009

Nixon signs bill creating stimulus money accounts

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed into law a bill that creates two accounts designed to keep track of the state's federal stimulus money.

"This is an important step to help state officials, government agencies and all in Missouri make sure that they can ensure that our recovery funds are transparent, and are put to the best use possible to create jobs and to move our economy forward," Nixon said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:30 am
Wed March 25, 2009

Vintage landmine draws bomb squad to suburban home

Town & Country, Mo. – Federal agents found a nonworking landmine in the suburban St. Louis home of a former investment banker awaiting sentencing in a $13 million fraud case.

U.S. Postal inspector Dan Taylor said FBI agents and other officers went to the home of Don C. Weir in Town and Country yesterday to seize his assets as part of a plea deal.

Among a collection of war memorabilia they found a Soviet-style landmine. But a bomb squad determined the mine was not live.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:24 am
Wed March 25, 2009

European court rejects Budeweiser trademark bid

Brussels – A European Union court has rejected Anheuser-Busch-InBev's claim to register "Budweiser" as a trademark in Europe.

Even before it's takeover by Belgium's InBev, Anheuser-Busch had been in a protracted dispute with Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar over the name, which is derived from the Czech town of Budweis.

The court upheld an earlier decision, saying InBev does not have the exclusive right to use the "Budweiser" name in Europe.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:42 am
Wed March 25, 2009

Cost of healthcare outpacing wage increases in Missouri

St. Louis, MO – Health care advocates say Missouri has over 120,000 more uninsured residents than it did a decade ago, and that does not factor in changes since the start of the recession.

An ongoing study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that approximately 740,000 Missourians do not have insurance.

John Lumpkin is a Senior Vice President at the foundation. He says rising premiums are simply too much for workers to afford.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:38 am
Wed March 25, 2009

Mo. House working on state budget

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Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House this afternoon is debating the bills that make up the state budget.

House members from both parties have been attempting to add on amendments.

State Representative Jeanette Mott Oxford (D, St. Louis) sponsored one that would shuffle dollars around from different sources in order to bolster the Parents as Teachers Program.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:15 am
Tue March 24, 2009

Body found in creek identified

St. Louis, MO. – A body found in a Florissant creek on Sunday has been identified as a St. Louis man who had been missing.

Police say 18-year old Antonio Calvin was assaulted in St. Louis on March.

Todd Metcalf has been charged in that assault, but police say they're waiting for autopsy results before determining whether to file more charges.

St. Louis Police Captain Michael Sacks says they're hoping to hear from witnesses.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:47 am
Tue March 24, 2009

ACLU blasts conditions in city jail, workhouse

St. Louis, MO – The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri says it has evidence that the St. Louis corrections department is violating the civil rights of inmates.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:23 am
Tue March 24, 2009

Mo. lawmakers pass supplemental budget

Missouri State Capitol.

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has sent a $312 million supplemental budget to Governor Jay Nixon, but without a children's health care program he had wanted.

House Budget Chairman Allen Icet (R, Wildwood) says the Medicaid expansion sought by the governor didn't belong in the supplemental budget.

"It is intended to take existing programs where we actually have an appropriations shortfall, and put enough money in so we can pay the bills, for example, (the) price of fuel for (the) Highway Patrol," Icet said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:26 am
Tue March 24, 2009

UN ambassador says corn should be used for food before fuel

St. Louis, MO –

Kenya's ambassador to the United Nations told a Washington University audience Tuesday using crops like corn and soybeans for fuel shouldn't be a priority when people worldwide are starving.

Zachary Muburi-Muita and nine other UN ambassadors spoke about global food security as part of a "UN Across America" tour. Muburi-Muita says he realizes ethanol is a big business in Missouri, but corn should be used as a food source first.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:01 am
Tue March 24, 2009

Jane Goodall part of St. Louis Speaker Series

Jane Goodall

St. Louis, MO – World renowned primatologist and naturalist Jane Goodall is most famous for her 45-year study of Chimpanzee social interaction and behavior.

Goodall is in St. Louis tonight as part of Maryville University's St. Louis Speaker series.

She spoke with KWMU's Adam Allington about how her first trip to Africa with the Leaky archeology team in 1960 did not prepare her for a traditional career in science.

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