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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:22 am
Tue February 17, 2009

Interview with David Brooks

St. Louis – New York Times columnist David Brooks says this is a good time to do what he does. An historic presidential campaign, an economic crisis and the ongoing war in Iraq have renewed the public's interest in current affairs.

Brooks says that gives him plenty to write about, and talk about as a frequent commentator on NPR and PBS.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
9:43 am
Mon February 16, 2009

Death penalty opponents tour state to call for moratorium

St. Louis – Opponents of capital punishment are taking their message across Missouri this week.

The group Missourians to Abolish the Death Penalty is holding events in eight cities to call for a moratorium and official review of the system.

Executive Director Colleen Cunningham said speakers include both crime victims and people exonerated after being wrongly condemned.

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8:27 am
Mon February 16, 2009

Illinois Republicans want criminal investigation of Burris

Roland Burris

Chicago – Some top Illinois Republicans are calling for a criminal investigation into the state's newly-appointed U.S. Senator Roland Burris. They allege he knowingly withheld information during the impeachment trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich.

The Republicans' information comes from a newly uncovered affidavit from Senator Burris to the head of the state impeachment committee.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
7:44 am
Mon February 16, 2009

Fort Leonard Wood soldier dies of meningitis

St. Louis, MO – A soldier at Fort Leonard Wood has died of meningitis and another is in stable condition.

Army officials announced the cases in a news release Sunday but released few details and did not identify either infected soldier. On Monday a spokesman said there was no additional information.

The Army said both soldiers came down with non-contagious forms of meningitis, and there is no known connection between the two.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:17 am
Mon February 16, 2009

Mo. Democrats form Blue Dog Caucus

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri now has its own version of Blue Dog Democrats, similar to those in Congress.

Blue Dog Democrats describe themselves as conservative on fiscal issues, though some of Missouri's blue dogs also embrace socially conservative positions.

State Representative Sam Komo (D, House Springs), co-chairs the Missouri caucus. He says lots of people assume that the word "Democrat" is synonymous with "liberal," and that Missouri's Blue Dog Caucus was formed to combat that assumption.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:03 am
Mon February 16, 2009

Device removes aluminum from infant formula

St. Louis, MO – Scientists at the University of Missouri - St. Louis and the University of Kentucky have developed a device to remove aluminum from premature infant formulas.

Dr. Wesley Harris helped design the device. He says aluminum is a common contaminant found in the earth's crust, and the chemicals in formulas bind easily to it.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
5:34 am
Mon February 16, 2009

Bond talks up housing tax credit he ultimately voted against

St. Louis, MO – Senator Kit Bond voted against the economic stimulus package twice.

But he is not shy about touting a key provision that provides more funding for low-income housing projects.

The Missouri Republican was in a bipartisan group of Senators that secured $2 billion for low-income housing tax credits, which can be bought and sold on the open market to help finance the projects.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
6:24 am
Fri February 13, 2009

Doctors perform largest living donor kidney transplant

St. Louis, MO – Doctors at Barnes-Jewish Hospital will take part in the largest living-donor kidney transplant to date, on February 14.


The transplant involves six donors and six recipients from hospitals in St. Louis, Oklahoma City and Baltimore. Doctors will remove the kidneys before they're flown to waiting recipients.


Barnes-Jewish Hospital Spokeswoman Kathryn Holleman says patients will be more comfortable because they won't have to make long trips to have surgery.

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6:20 am
Fri February 13, 2009

Nixon releases money for community health center, higher education

Governor Jay Nixon
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St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was in St. Louis today to announce $2.2 million in state funding for Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Center.

The money will go for a new facility at the current site of Grace Hill's Watertower Health Center in North St. Louis.

Funding had already been approved by the General Assembly, but after taking office in January Nixon put a hold on all state construction projects pending further review.

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2:36 am
Fri February 13, 2009

Preservation groups to show San Luis Apartments some love

St. Louis, MO – Preservation groups will be asking residents of the Central West End to "show some love" to a building in danger of demolition.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis plans to tear down the San Luis Apartments at Lindell and Taylor to create more parking space for the Cathedral Basilica and Rosati-Kain High School.

"Friends of the San Luis" co-founder Randy Vines says plans for the Valentine's Day rally include flowers, hugs, and declarations of love for the building written in sidewalk chalk.

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