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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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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:56 am
Thu March 5, 2009

Amazon drought could increase rates of climate change

David Neill (pictured center) conducts research in the Amazon Rainforest.
David Neill, Missouri Botanical Garden

St. Louis, MO –

A St. Louis researcher says global warming could happen at a quicker rate if more trees in the Amazon Rainforest die from drought.

The Missouri Botanical Garden's David Neill co-authored a study published in this week's Science Magazine. He says a 2005 drought killed thousands of trees that once absorbed carbon dioxide from fossil fuels.

Neill says losing more trees to future droughts could exacerbate the problem.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:22 am
Thu March 5, 2009

Mo. House endorses abortion coercion bill

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would make it illegal to coerce a woman into having an abortion.

The approval came after Democrats made numerous attempts to add amendments to the bill, some of which would have crippled it.

The GOP majority allowed votes on a few amendments, while several more were ruled out of order.

That raised the ire of State Representative Don Calloway (D, St. Louis).

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St. Louis Public Radio News
4:29 am
Thu March 5, 2009

Anheuser-Busch InBev posts high losses

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St. Louis, MO – Anheuser-Busch InBev's profits tumbled in the fourth quarter as the company struggles with the debt from its November merger.

The company made $61 million in the fourth quarter of last year, a 95 percent drop from the $1.1 billion it made in the same period in 2007. Overall, the company's sales declined slightly, though the American market showed some gains.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:50 am
Wed March 4, 2009

32 highway projects approved, none in St. Louis

Jefferson City, MO – Thirty-two highway projects in Missouri being funded by federal stimulus dollars were approved today by the state Highways and Transportation Commission.

But none of those projects are in or near St. Louis.

St. Louis-area officials, including Mayor Francis Slay, have been critical of the Missouri Department of Transportation for designating most of the federal bailout money allotted to it to projects outside the metro area.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:17 am
Wed March 4, 2009

Coleman sees bright side in wide primary victory for Slay

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St. Louis, MO – Mayor Francis Slay's main opponent in the general election sees a silver lining in Slay's wide primary victory.

Former state Senator Maida Coleman originally planned to challenge Slay in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, but dropped out when a candidate with the same last name entered the race at the last minute. Coleman is running in April as an independent.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:01 am
Wed March 4, 2009

Blagojevich book deal sparks legislation

Blagojevich (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Springfield, Ill. – Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's announcement of a six-figure book deal this week has prompted legislation meant to bar corrupt government officials from profiting from their misconduct.

The bill from Democratic Rep. Jack Franks would require officials convicted of misconduct to forfeit any payment for their stories. That means they couldn't make money from book, TV or movie deals.

Franks said officials should not be able to "cash in" after betraying the people's trust.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:53 am
Wed March 4, 2009

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay easily wins Democratic primary

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay

St. Louis – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay won decisively in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

Slay got more than 61 percent of the vote, beating former alderwoman Irene J. Smith, who had 32 percent, and attorney Denise Watson-Wesley Coleman, who had 6.5 percent. Slay credited a strong two-term record for his win.

"Our neighborhoods are stronger through a lot of the efforts we've undertaken," Slay said. "I think we've been able to demonstrate that our efforts have borne a lot of fruit."

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:33 am
Wed March 4, 2009

Lawmakers critcize MoDOT lobbying

Jefferson City, MO – Two State Representatives are accusing the Missouri Department of Transportation of having state workers lobby for legislation while on state time.

The bill in question is the primary seat belt enforcement bill, MoDOT's top legislative priority this year.

State Representative Shane Schoeller (R, Willard) says it's not appropriate.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:19 am
Tue March 3, 2009

Woman accused of trying to drown newborn

Elyse Mamino (handout)

Columbia, Ill. – Authorities say a Metro East woman accused of trying to drown her baby in a toilet late last year was allowed to take the child home from the hospital after the incident.

Police in Columbia, Ill. said Elyse Mamino, 23, had custody of the baby girl Victoria from the time of the child's release from a hospital in December until Mamino was arrested last week.

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