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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:03 am
Mon March 9, 2009

Mo. House committee not using stimulus funds

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Jefferson City, MO – Republicans in the Missouri House are holding firm on not using federal stimulus money to shore up cuts to health care and human service budget items.

House Budget chairman Allen Icet (R, Wildwood) says the federal stimulus dollars are a one-time gift and should not be used to pay for ongoing needs.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:32 am
Mon March 9, 2009

Nixon, hospitals unveil deal to fund Medicaid expansion

Gov. Jay Nixon greets clients of the Betty Jean Kerr People's Health Centers before announcing his Medicaid expansion plan
(UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – Governor Jay Nixon says he's reached an agreement with Missouri's 152 hospitals to fund an expansion of Medicaid.

Hospitals would see an increase in their provider tax, which would generate $52 million, allowing the state to draw down $93 million in federal funds. The combined $145 million would allow the state to provide coverage for residents who make up to 50 percent of the federal poverty line, or about $11,000 for a family of four. The current income limit is 20 percent of the poverty level.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:08 am
Mon March 9, 2009

Foreclosures impacting renters, too

St. Louis, MO – Several St. Louis housing groups say homeowners are not the only ones feeling the effect of foreclosure.

Renters often get little or no warning before facing eviction when their landlord's property goes into foreclosure.

Mary Fehner is the housing counseling manager at Catholic Charities Housing Resource Center. She says sometimes renters can negotiate with new owners, but she says there should be a law.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:14 am
Sun March 8, 2009

Pastor killed in Illinois church shooting

An Illinois State Trooper inspects a vehicle belonging to the alleged gunman.
(UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Maryville, IL – The family of the 27-year-old man suspected of killing a Metro East minister Sunday said the young man suffered from mental illness brought on by Lyme disease.

Police did not release the suspect's name. But the Post-Dispatch identifies him as Terry Joe Sedlacek, of Troy, Illinois.

The paper profiled him in August for a story about the effects of Lyme disease.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:12 am
Fri March 6, 2009

Pinnacle will have enough money to complete River City construction

St. Louis, MO – Tight credit markets and a delayed opening schedule will not prevent Pinnacle Entertainment from finishing its project in south St. Louis County.

The $380 million River City Casino in Lemay will open in the first part of 2010 - the company had originally suggested it could open this year. But officials say the company is in good shape financially, because it has very little debt coming due. That makes money more easily available to finish construction on River City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:07 am
Fri March 6, 2009

Mo. revenues down for Feb. 2009

Jefferson City, MO – The amount of money Missouri makes from tax revenues continues to drop.

State tax revenues collected last month are more than 10 percent lower than for February of last year.

Sales tax collections are more than six percent lower than last year at this time, but income tax collections are three percent higher.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:26 am
Fri March 6, 2009

Stimulus won't provide quick fix for St. Louis public transit

KWMU photo/Adam Allington

St. Louis – It's a paradox for many American cities, including St. Louis. Just as demand for bus and train service is rising, the economy is forcing many transit agencies to cut back.

And transit advocates say the recently-passed federal stimulus package will not provide much relief

KWMU's Adam Allington has the story.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:58 am
Thu March 5, 2009

East St. Louis police investigate burglary at Dunham home

East St. Louis, Ill. – Police in East St. Louis are investigating the burglary of a house that once belonged to the late dance pioneer Katherine Dunham.

Investigators said a stove, refrigerator, a bed and other items are missing, although they're awaiting a complete list of the home's contents to see what else may have been stolen.

Police suspect the break-in took place within the past two or three weeks before being reported Tuesday night.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:37 am
Thu March 5, 2009

Suspected hospital purse-thief identified

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St. Louis – Police in St. Louis County have identified the woman suspected of stealing a car, credit cards and other items from people at St. Anthony's Hospital. They are asking the public to help find her.

The suspect is 38-year-old Misty Johnson. Authorities say that on Jan. 24, she entered St. Anthony's Hospital in south St. Louis County and stole a purse from a woman sleeping in a waiting room.

The victim's credit cards were used at several stores.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:59 am
Thu March 5, 2009

Enlarged heart played role in chimpanzee death

Cinder and Tammy
Carol Weerts, Saint Louis Zoo

St. Louis, MO –

St. Louis Zoo officials say Cinder, a 14-year-old hairless chimpanzee that died in February, had an enlarged heart. The Zoo's Dr. Eric Miller says the enlarged heart may have caused a fatal arrhythmia, resulting in a heart attack.

Miller says Cinder hadn't shown signs of heart disease before her death. He says her sudden death is similar to cases of healthy athletes who collapse unexpectedly on the playing field.

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