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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:26 am
Tue September 22, 2009

Nixon, AFSCME, begin contract negotiations

AFSCME members rally for higher wages at the Mo. State Capitol.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, MO – Negotiations for a potential pay hike have begun between the Missouri Governor's office and the labor union that represents about 7,000 state workers.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), is proposing a six percent annual pay raise for the next three years, along with a fee for non-union workers covered by union-negotiated contracts.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:15 am
Tue September 22, 2009

Train derails in Granite City

Granite City, Ill. – Crews are on the scene of a train derailment in Granite City.

No one was injured when at least a half dozen cars of the Norfolk Southern train derailed late Monday. Several of the cars contain propane and ended up in a ditch, although none of them are said to be leaking or posing a public danger.

Pontoon Road is closed in both directions, and several businesses are closed.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:16 am
Tue September 22, 2009

Man arrested after attempted abduction, high-speed chase

St. Louis – A man is in custody after he allegedly tried to abduct a girl at a school bus stop in Florissant early Tuesday, then led police on a high-speed chase through north St. Louis county.

It began around 6 a.m. after authorities say the man tried to force a girl into his SUV.

A chase began and continued even after police used stop sticks to deflate the tires of the SUV. Police say the suspect continued to drive on the rims.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:15 am
Tue September 22, 2009

Belleville School Board expels students charged in attack

Belleville, Ill. – The Belleville Township School Board in has expelled two students accused of attacking another student on a school bus last week.

The incident was captured by a security camera on the bus and received widespread attention.

Board president Curt Highsmith said expelling kids is regrettable, but he wanted to send the message that such behavior is intolerable. The expulsions were the most severe punishments the school board could hand out.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:16 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Ameren natural gas customers in Illinois may see heating bills go down

Peoria, Ill – Customers in Illinois who get their natural gas service from Ameren will pay less to heat their homes this winter.

The St. Louis-based utility said Monday that lower demand triggered by the global recession could reduce heating bills by 26 percent. A company vice president, Scott Glaeser, said Ameren also hedged most of its supply to avoid having to adjust rates every time the market changes.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:15 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

E. St. Louis rejects firefighter layoffs

East St. Louis, Ill – Officials in East St. Louis have rejected plans to close a budget gap by laying off firefighters.

The city must close a $2.9 million deficit by December 31. A plan from Mayor Alvin Parks would have laid off 11 firefighters and closed a firehouse. But the city's Financial Advisory Authority rejected that suggestion.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:29 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Nixon creates faith-based partnership for disaster relief

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon has issued an executive order creating a partnership between state government and faith-based groups to aid Missourians hit by natural disasters or terrorist attacks.

The partnership includes two federal agencies, 16 state agencies, and 16 private, religious and charitable groups who would all work together to respond to a major disaster.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:27 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Partially inflated slide forced Obama plane to land, says NTSB

St. Louis – The National Transportation Safety Board says a partially inflated evacuation slide forced a charter plane carrying President Obama to make an emergency landing in St. Louis during the 2008 campaign.

The incident happened in July 2008. The NTSB released its report today.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:24 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

NCAA games come back to St. Louis for 15th time

St. Louis – NCAA basketball will be back in St. Louis for the 15th time in 2012.

The college athletic association announced Monday that the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games in the Midwest region will be played at the Edward Jones Dome in 2012. The city is also hosting regional games in 2010.

Predicting the economic impact is difficult without knowing what teams will be playing, said Kitty Radcliffe, the president of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:57 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Suburban police officer accused of sexual assault

(FBI photo)

St. Louis – The FBI is accusing a police officer from the St. Louis suburb of Uplands Park of sexually assaulting a woman.

Leon Pullen, 31, is charged with violating the civil rights of the victim. The FBI said that in July, Pullen sexually assaulted the woman by "placing her in fear of death, bodily harm and kidnapping."

An FBI spokeswoman declined to offer further details, and an official at the
police department declined comment. Pullen did not have a listed phone number

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