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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:30 am
Mon October 19, 2009

Burris says he'll only vote for health bill with public insurance option

Washington – For Democrats determined to pass a health care bill, U.S. Sen. Roland Burris can no longer be ignored.

The Illinois Democrat said he'll only vote for a bill to provide health care to millions more Americans as long as it allows the government to sell insurance in competition with private insurers, and he said he will not compromise.

That's caught the attention of the same Democratic leaders who tried to keep Burris out of the Senate after he was appointed by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:29 am
Mon October 19, 2009

Early finance reports show competitive House races

Jefferson City, Mo. – If early fundraising is an indication, Missouri could have competitive races for nearly half its U.S. House seats next year.

Recent campaign finance reports show several races to watch. One is the 3rd District in St. Louis, where Republican challenger Ed Martin raised more money than Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan from July through September.

In the 7th District in southwest Missouri, at least four candidates are raising money in a Republican primary to try to succeed Rep. Roy Blunt.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:08 am
Mon October 19, 2009

New Town developer, Whittaker, files for bankruptcy

St. Louis, MO – The largest home builder in St. Charles County, Whittaker Builders, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Whittaker is most widely known for being the primary architect of the $1.5 billion new urbanism development know as "New Town at St. Charles".

Whittaker spokesman Tim Busse said the decision to seek bankruptcy protection was a defensive move to protect the company's assets from its creditors.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:12 pm
Fri October 16, 2009

Methane gas levels up at north St. Louis landfill

St. Louis, MO – A warning has gone out to some residents of north St. Louis - methane gas levels at a nearby landfill are dangerously high and that could affect their safety.

The city of St. Louis has been working to cap the old Hall Street demolition landfill for 12 years. Now, the state says methane created by the decomposing waste is way above safe levels.

St. Louis Streets director Todd Waelterman says that can be dangerous if it spreads to the homes around the landfill.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:41 pm
Fri October 16, 2009

Board of Aldermen get first look at McKee legislation

St. Louis Public Radio – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is getting its first look at legislation authorizing a controversial development on the city's north side.

The bills introduced Friday authorize Paul McKee to develop nearly two square miles in north St. Louis, as well as the use of tax increment financing.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:40 am
Fri October 16, 2009

Nixon fires Bindbeutel, will reinstate Templeton

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon discusses his decisions to reinstate DNR Director Mark Templeton and dismiss long-time aide Joe Bindbeutel.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon has dismissed a long-time aide, but will reinstate the head of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in the ongoing controversy over the delayed release of E. coli test results from the Lake of the Ozarks.

Nixon has rescinded the appointment of Joe Bindbeutel to serve as an Administrative Law judge, in effect firing him, because he made the decision to delay the release of E. coli test results from the Lake of the Ozarks while serving as DNR Deputy Director.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:33 am
Fri October 16, 2009

Illinois Senate approves governor recall plan

Springfield, Ill. – With one former Illinois governor in prison and another facing corruption charges, the state Senate has decided to let voters choose whether they want the power to recall governors in the future.

The Senate's vote means a constitutional amendment will be placed on the ballot in November of next year. If it passes, Illinois will adopt a complex mechanism for recalling governors seen as corrupt or incompetent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:30 am
Fri October 16, 2009

St. Louis policeman, 23, dies from crash injuries

St. Louis – A St. Louis police officer has died from injuries he suffered during a car accident last week. Officer Julius Moore was 23 years old.

He was chasing burglary suspects who'd fled on foot when his patrol car collided with a semi truck in south St. Louis on Oct. 6. His car was pushed into a brick wall.

Officer Moore is survived by his wife and three young children.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:52 pm
Thu October 15, 2009

Templeton still on leave

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon answers questions about DNR Dir. Mark Templeton in Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Mark Templeton is still on leave from his job as Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director, even though it's now been two weeks since his two-week suspension was handed down by Governor Jay Nixon.

Templeton was suspended without pay after the governor learned E. coli-contaminated beaches at the Lake of the Ozarks remained open during Memorial Day weekend, despite being told after the fact that they were closed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:22 pm
Thu October 15, 2009

More indictments in National Prearranged Services case

St. Louis – Another official with a now-defunct prepaid funeral company has been indicted.

Sharon N. Province was the office manager and a president of National Prearranged Services, which sold prepaid funeral plans to customers in 19 states from its headquarters in Clayton.

The federal indictment announced Thursday charges Province with five felony counts of mail fraud for her role in a scheme that bankrupted National Prearranged and other related companies.

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