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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:03 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

More money for Career Ladder sought

Jefferson City, Mo. – The chairman of the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee is calling on Governor Jay Nixon to consider providing more money for the Career Ladder program this year when new revenue estimates come in.

Career Ladder provides extra income to teachers who take on extra duties, but the program is funded retroactively: Money for the current school year won't be provided until Fiscal Year 2010.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:34 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

High demand forced Barnes-Jewish to cancel seasonal flu shot clincs

St. Louis – Higher than expected demand has forced Barnes-Jewish Hospital to cancel three of its free seasonal flu shot clinics scheduled for later this month.

The October 10th clinic at the Emerson Family YMCA, the October 14th clinic at the Edward Jones YMCA, and the October 24th clinic at the Monsanto Family YMCA have all been canceled.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:11 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Doe Run mine cited for ongoing safety and health violations

Viburnum, Mo – The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has placed a lead and zinc mine in Missouri on notice because of ongoing health and safety violations.

The Doe Run Company owns the Buick Mine. It's one of 10 on a list released yesterday by the MSHA. Mine inspectors say they've found potential patterns of violations that could lead to serious illness or injuries.

Doe Run has 90 days to come up with corrective plans, or face more rigorous inspections and stricter enforcement of safety laws.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:57 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Opponents of "Missouri plan" outline another option for filling court vacanies

Jefferson City, Mo – A group that wants to change the way Missouri selects its judges has unveiled another proposed ballot initiative.

The new proposal from Better Courts for Missouri would require partisan elections for all judges. An earlier version would allow governors to appoint whomever they choose to appellate and urban trial courts with the consent of the Senate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:28 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

Smoking ban passes with exemption

St. Louis, MO. – A smoking ban is on its way to the full St. Louis Board of Aldermen with an alteration.

Before the health committee passed the ban unanimously Wednesday it approved an amendment exempting bars less than 1,500 square feet from the ban for five years.

Alderwoman Lyda Krewson, who is sponsoring the overall ban, says the bill still prevents smoking in most bars, restaurants and indoor public places.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:09 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

Kinder: Delayed E. coli report a "crisis of confidence"

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder talks to reporters about the delayed E. coli report.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is sounding off on the controversy over the delaying of an E. coli report from the Lake of the Ozarks.

Kinder calls the uproar over the delayed report a crisis of confidence. And he says if the State Senate committee investigating the matter decides to issue subpoenas, he'll sign them.

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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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