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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:07 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

AB-InBev sells amusement parks

St. Louis – AB-InBev announced today that it is selling its amusement parks to a New York-based private equity company.

The Busch Entertainment Corporation was the second largest theme park operator in the country, running the popular Busch Gardens and SeaWorld destinations.

The deal will offload all ten of Busch's parks for $2.7 billion to the Blackstone Group.

Blackstone spokesman Peter Rose said he expects the parks to turn a solid profit for the company's investors.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:45 am
Wed October 7, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine comes to Missouri

Left to Right--Dr. Robert Belshe, Congressman William Lacy Clay, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Adam Allington, STLPR

St. Louis, MO – The first few doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine are starting to flow into Missouri.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in St. Louis on Tuesday to meet with vaccine researchers at St. Louis University.

Sebelius says millions of Americans have already developed symptoms of H1N1, but that on balance the sickness is proving to be no more deadly than regular seasonal flu.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:26 am
Wed October 7, 2009

HHS secretary visits St. Louis

St. Louis – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in St. Louis Tuesday to meet with researchers at St. Louis University who worked on a vaccine against the H1N1 virus.

Sebelius says millions of Americans have already developed symptoms of H1N1, but that on balance, the sickness is proving to be no more deadly then regular seasonal flu.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:20 am
Wed October 7, 2009

St. Louis receives federal stimulus money to tackle homelessness

St. Louis – The city of St. Louis has gotten more than $8 million in federal stimulus money to target homelessness.

The "Hope is Moving In" initiative will target the homeless, and those at risk of losing their homes. More than 100 people lined up at City Hall as officials announced the program.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:51 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

KFUO-FM to be sold to Christian broadcaster

St. Louis, MO – UTe Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has agreed to sell its classical music radio station in St. Louis, KFOU-FM, to a local Christian broadcaster.

The buyer is Gateway Creative Broadcasting - Joy FM - which owns two low-power radio stations in Potosi and Bowling Green, Missouri.

Kermit Brashear, who negotiated the $26 million deal for the LCMS board, denies accusations that he ignored interested buyers. He says he considered all viable offers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:16 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

Templeton: No health risk over delayed E. coli report

Lake of the Ozarks.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – A transcript released today quotes Missouri's Natural Resources chief as saying there was no health risk over the delay in releasing an E. coli report from the Lake of the Ozarks earlier this year.

According to the transcript, DNR Director Mark Templeton said that delaying the release of the report for a month did not pose a public health risk because bacteria die in lake water after about four days.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:13 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Local bank accused of "redlining"

St. Louis – Equal housing advocates in St. Louis are accusing a local bank of refusing to provide home mortgages to minorities, an illegal practice typically referred to as "redlining."

Midwest BankCentre has not provided a loan to an African-American borrower in five years, said Mira Tanna of the St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council. That fact, she said, is troubling behavior for an institution that is considered to be a "large bank".

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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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