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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:14 am
Thu February 19, 2009

Roy Blunt announces candidacy for Senate

Roy Blunt (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – Republican U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt announces he is running for Senate in 2010.

Blunt announced his candidacy today in St. Louis, the first of a series of stops across Missouri that will include Jefferson City, Carthage and Cape Girardeau.

Republican Sen. Kit Bond announced in January that he would not seek election to a fifth term. So far, Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is the only other candidate to enter the race.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:59 am
Wed February 18, 2009

Pontoon Beach house explosion called suspicious

Pontoon Beach, Ill. – A Metro East fire chief said the explosion that destroyed a Pontoon Beach home last week is suspicious. However Chief Dan Kreher of the Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department did not say why the blast may not have been an accident.

Records show the property was at the center of a long-standing and complicated series of disputes in the Madison County courts.

Those cases include a now-settled foreclosure involving one of the current occupants.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
8:04 am
Wed February 18, 2009

Nixon has plans for economic stimulus money

(UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon is giving few details as to how he plans to use the federal stimulus dollars authorized by President Obama this week.

Nixon told reporters that he wants the federal dollars to go toward education, job training, life sciences and several other areas.

"At the start of the 21st Century, we must transform our economy by embracing science and technology to create the jobs of tomorrow," Nixon said.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:53 am
Wed February 18, 2009

Moratorium Now! campaign goes to Mo. capital

State Rep. Bill Deeken (R, Jefferson City) addresses the audience at a Moratorium Now! rally at the Mo. State Capitol.

Jefferson City, MO – Death penalty opponents traveled to Jefferson City today to lobby lawmakers on a bill that would place a moratorium on capital punishment in Missouri.

More than a hundred people from the Moratorium Now! campaign rallied in the Capital Rotunda.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:52 am
Wed February 18, 2009

Weight loss reverses fatty liver disease

St. Louis, MO –

Researchers at St. Louis University and the Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas have found that significant weight loss can reverse fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease occurs when excess body fat builds up in the liver's cells.


Researchers found that patients who lost nine percent or more of their total body weight reduced the amount of fat accumulation in their livers.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:04 am
Wed February 18, 2009

Wildlife habitat proposed for rivers confluence

St. Louis, MO – The land near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in St. Charles County would become a huge fish and wildlife habitat under a proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corps wants to convert over one-thousand acres of federal and state land into the Confluence Point Project. Project manager Jason Farmer says the area would be transformed into a mixture of flood plain habitats, with some prairie, some trees and some small basins.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:40 am
Wed February 18, 2009

US Steel to lay off 390 more in Granite City

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St. Louis, MO – United States Steel has confirmed that it plans to lay off additional workers at its facility in Granite City.

The 390 union and non-union employees work at the Granite City coke furnace. Slumping demand for steel has forced US Steel to store the coke on the factory grounds - it is temporarily shutting down the furnace to balance supply and demand.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:09 am
Tue February 17, 2009

Fates of Fenton and Wentzville plants uncertain

(UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis, MO – The fate of the Chrysler plant in Fenton is still up in the air following the release of a restructuring plan unveiled Tuesday by the beleaguered automaker.

Chrysler announced that it will need another $5 billion in government money to survive the recession. The company received $4 billion in September. It will cut another 3000 jobs and eliminate three models.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:16 am
Tue February 17, 2009

Mo. awards bridge project right after Obama signs bill

Jefferson City, MO – Work began today to replace an aging bridge in mid-Missouri, just minutes after President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion economic stimulus package into law.

The State Highways and Transportation Commission monitored the president's speech leading up to the bill signing, from the site of the 76-year-old Osage River Bridge near Tuscumbia. Once signed, the commission voted to award the contract to APAC-Kansas City.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:43 am
Tue February 17, 2009

Kidney donors meet recipients via teleconference

St. Louis, MO –

The doctors and patients involved in the largest living kidney transplant to date met by teleconference on Tuesday. Six donors and six recipients from hospitals in St. Louis, Oklahoma City and Baltimore were involved in the transplant. Kidneys were flown from donors to recipients.

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