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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:19 pm
Mon August 17, 2009

State funeral to be held for Hearnes

Members of a Mo. National Guard Color Guard unit rehearse before Wednesday's state funeral for former Gov. Warren Hearnes.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – A state funeral will be held in Jefferson City Wednesday for former Governor Warren Hearnes.

The southeast Missouri Democrat passed away Sunday at his home in Charleston at the age of 86.

Scott Holste is Press Secretary for Governor Jay Nixon. He says thousands of people are expected to attend.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:03 pm
Mon August 17, 2009

Environmentalists raise concerns about truck-only interstate lanes

Kansas City, Mo. – Environmentalists are raising safety questions about the state's plan to add truck-only lanes to Interstate 70.

MODOT wants to trucks travel on two sets of interior lanes separated from general traffic by a grass median.

The Sierra Club says while separating car and truck traffic is a good idea, the state may be overselling the safety benefits

The group says trucks still have to cross the primary lanes to exit the interstate, and cars would be in the trucks' blind spots.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:49 am
Mon August 17, 2009

School officials visit churches to push first-day attendance

St. Louis – Students in the St. Louis Public Schools return from summer break on Thursday, and on Sunday the district's leader and his top staff fanned out to about 20 area churches to stress the importance of first-day attendance.

Superintendent Kelvin Adams said adults have a responsibility to see that kids go to class.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:12 pm
Fri August 14, 2009

Bond denies seeking firing of ex-U.S. Attorney

U.S. Senator Kit Bond talks to reporters at the Mo. State Fair in Sedalia.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Sedalia, MO – Missouri U.S. Senator Kit Bond says he never sought the removal of former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves.

In Sedalia today, Bond told reporters that he asked the White House to allow Graves to stay on the job.

"Karl Rove, I believe it was, told me at the time that they had their own reasons (for firing Graves)...so it came as a surprise to me, and I tried to intervene on (Graves') behalf," Bond said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:03 pm
Fri August 14, 2009

Afghan agricultural official visits Mo. State Fair

(l-r) Safi Muhammad Hussein and Mo. U.S. Senator Kit Bond dine on barbecue at the Missouri State Fair.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Sedalia, MO – The agriculture director for Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province paid a visit today to the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

Safi Muhammad Hussein toured the fair exhibits with Missouri U.S. Senator Kit Bond and State Agriculture Director Jon Hagler.

Part of the reason behind Safi's visit was to thank the Missouri National Guard for its assistance in helping improve agricultural conditions in the Nangarhar Province.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:54 pm
Fri August 14, 2009

Second guard admits to attempted heroin smuggling

St. Louis – A second guard at the City Justice Center in downtown St. Louis has pleaded guilty to federal drug distribution charges.

Peggy Lynn O'Neal admitted to her role in the operation on Friday. O'Neal and two other guards are accused of accepting cash to bring heroin to an inmate at the Justice Center several times between January and March. James Moore pleaded guilty on Wednesday; a third guard, Marilyn Brown, will stand trial.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:28 am
Fri August 14, 2009

'Boonie Hat Bandit' gets six years in federal prison

St. Louis – A suburban St. Louis man who admitted robbing a dozen area banks has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $105,000 in restitution.

Donald Giammanco, known as the "Boonie Hat Bandit," was sentenced Thursday .

Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Reap has said Giammanco made off with amounts ranging from 13-hundred to 26,000 dollars.

Giammanco earned the nickname because he twice wore military-style, floppy-brimmed "Boonie" hats during robberies.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:24 am
Fri August 14, 2009

Alton High School band director charged with sex crimes

Alton, Ill. – The band director at Alton high school is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student.

On Thursday Madison County prosecutors charged Matthew Lang, 36, with criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Sheriff's deputies said they began investigating Tuesday after hearing Lang might have had an inappropriate relationship with the student.

Authorities said they later confirmed Lang had sex with the student more than once at school during school hours. Lang is jailed on a $250,000 bond.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:41 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Koster clears DNR of Sunshine Law complaint

Chris Koster
(file)

Jefferson City, MO – Attorney General Chris Koster has cleared the Missouri Department of Natural Resources of an ethics complaint over its delayed release of an E. coli report from the Lake of the Ozarks.

The findings showed E-Coli levels at two separate spots on May 26th to be 19 times higher than the state standard.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:33 pm
Thu August 13, 2009

Researchers use bee venom, nanoparticles to kill cancer cells

St. Louis, MO –

St. Louis researchers say they've found a new way to treat cancer tumors by attaching a toxin from bee venom to nanoparticles.

Washington University researchers attached the toxin melettin to nanoparticles. Nanoparticles are miniscule materials that can travel through the blood stream directly to a tumor.

Lead researcher Dr. Sam Wickline said when mice were treated with nanoparticles containing melettin, their cancer tumors shrunk.

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