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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:53 am
Fri March 13, 2009

National Weather Service predicts less flooding along Mississippi River

St. Louis, MO –

The National Weather Service says Missourians can expect less major flooding along the Mississippi River this spring.


St. Louis service hydrologist Mark Fuchs says although some Northeastern Missouri cities are experiencing moderate floods now, that shouldn't last. He says the National Weather Service expects only minor floods this spring. That's due in part to predictions for average rainfall, and less snow melt than last spring.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:22 am
Fri March 13, 2009

Mo. Senate passes motorcycle helmet repeal

Jefferson City, MO – Motorcyclists in Missouri are a step closer to not having to wear helmets.

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would repeal the decades-old requirement, but supporters of the current law are not giving up.

Tom Holloway of the Missouri State Medical Association maintains that the current law saves lives and keeps medical costs down.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:18 am
Fri March 13, 2009

Mourners say goodbye to their "Pastor Fred"

The Rev. Fred Winters

Maryville, IL – Thousands of mourners packed the sanctuary and overflow rooms at the First Baptist Church of Maryville Friday to say goodbye to a beloved pastor who had served them for 20 years.

A gunman shot and killed the Reverend Fred Winters in the middle of his sermon on Sunday. But speaker after speaker cited what they called an "act of evil" as the reason to continue the pastor's work.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:50 am
Fri March 13, 2009

St. Louis Zoo under some pressure for recent deaths, illnesses

Muchana, an 8-year-old great ape, died after becoming entangled in ropes.
Saint Louis Zoo

KWMU's Catherine Wolf takes an in depth look at recent animal health issues at the St. Louis Zoo.

St. Louis, MO – While the St. Louis Zoo is coming to terms with recent animal deaths and illnesses, it is also under fire from some citizens and animal rights groups. They question whether the zoo has been negligent in its animal care.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:17 am
Thu March 12, 2009

Church shooter's condition upgraded

St. Louis, MO – The man accused of gunning down the popular pastor of a Metro East church is improving.

A spokeswoman for St. Louis University Hospital says doctors have upgraded 27-year-old Terry Sedlacek's condition from serious to fair. He was injured Sunday in a struggle with two parishioners of the First Baptist Church of Maryville, who were trying to subdue him after a shooting that killed the Rev. Fred Winters.

Both parishioners were also injured in the struggle - one remains hospitalized.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:12 am
Thu March 12, 2009

State House committee finishes its work on 2010 budget

Jefferson City, MO – The House Budget Committee has passed Missouri's spending plan for Fiscal Year 2010.

The bills that cover Medicaid and social services were the most contentious of the 13 that make up the $22 billion spending plan.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:50 am
Wed March 11, 2009

Mo. Senate endorses texting-while-driving ban

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Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation that would make it illegal to send text messages while driving.

The measure was in the form of an amendment added onto a larger transportation bill.

State Senator Jeff Smith (D, St. Louis) voted for the amendment.

"You see other people on the road who are texting who seem inattentive to the road, and frankly I've been guilty of it myself, and I know that I'm not as attentive to the road as I should be when I'm texting," Smith said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:17 am
Wed March 11, 2009

MO senators split budget vote

St. Louis, MO – Missouri's two Senators each broke with party lines last night to pass a spending bill that will keep the government running.

Senator Claire McCaskill was one of three Democrats to vote no.

McCaskill said it was too big, inconsistent with the stimulus package, and had too many earmarks.

"I have in the past voted for bills that have earmarks in them because I don't think I can sign up to never vote on a budget bill, but the combination of those three things together moved me to a no vote," McCaskill said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:57 am
Wed March 11, 2009

Churches hold prayer service for slain pastor

Maryville, IL – Churches in the Maryville, Illinois Ministerial Alliance will hold a special prayer service tonight in honor of Rev. Fred Winters.

The former leader of the First Baptist Church of Maryville was shot and killed Sunday while delivering his sermon.

27-year-old Terry Joe Sedlacek has been charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery in the killing.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:52 am
Wed March 11, 2009

Metro funding swap shot down

St. Louis, MO – A strategy to fill part of Metro's funding shortfall has failed.

The transit agency had sought the federal government's approval to swap some capital funding to shore up operations in the short-term.

Metro plans to cut bus service west of I-270 the end of the month.

Metro COO Ray Friehm said the Federal Transit Agency had allowed funding flexibility in the past.

He says the agency is looking for another option, but there's no quick fix on the horizon.

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